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Homeland Security panel sets priorities, stirring GOP discontent

Authorization and chemical-plant security bills are on the agenda.

Bipartisan stimulus amendments draw interest in Senate

Lawmakers might propose cutting money for computers at USDA and the Interior Department, as well as funding for HIV screening, wildlife management and NASA.

Defense outlines change in acquisition strategy

Larger procurement workforce, more competition, on the way, top agency official said.

From Nextgov.com: Killefer’s resignation seen as setback for federal IT

Technology professionals express disappointment and urge Obama to find a replacement with similar experience inside and outside government.

Into the Void

It’s not too early to look forward to the fight for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

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Chief performance officer nominee withdraws for tax reasons

Nancy Killefer acknowledges that a snafu over failure to pay unemployment taxes on household help could prove distracting.

Obama picks New Hampshire senator as Commerce chief

Republican Judd Gregg served four terms in the House and two as New Hampshire's governor before running for the Senate in 1992.

Eric Holder confirmed as attorney general

New chief of the Justice Department is a former U.S. attorney and served as deputy attorney general during the Clinton administration.

Omnibus spending bill not likely until after recess

Consideration of the economic stimulus package has delayed the catch-all appropriations bill.

Workers in Richmond, Va., check cylinders for gas seeps.

Legislators ask Defense agency to rethink public-private competition

Letter urges the Pentagon to consider an internal reengineering proposal.