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Interagency contracts aren't big money-savers, panelists say

Contracting observers cite lack of oversight and inadequate competition as significant weaknesses in fee-based procurement arrangements.

Proposed benefit for certain contractors draws fire

Administration reportedly considering a plan that would favor contractors who pay employees a prevailing wage, offer health care.

House resolves dispute, authorizes intelligence bill

Provision creating criminal penalties for CIA interrogators who use cruel or inhuman methods to extract information from suspected terrorists was dropped.

From Nextgov.com: Defense Department opens up to social media

New policy grants all personnel access to social networks but continues to block sites related to pornography, gambling and hate crimes.

AFGE President John Gage says unions are “gun-shy.”

Trust issues raised at first meeting of labor-management council

As group seeks to set standards for future efforts, union leaders accuse agency labor relations officials of past “obstruction.”

Officials still hope firms will compete for tanker deal

Pentagon wants to avoid a scenario in which there is only one bidder for the pact, which is worth as much as $40 billion.

Ways and Means leader is wary of deficit-cutting panel

Rangel says he is concerned about the executive branch encroaching on the autonomy of the legislative branch.

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Uncle Sam kicks off new federal employee survey

OPM expects to poll 100,000 more government workers this year than in 2008.

From Nextgov.com: White House says data mining to focus only on government files

In reaction to a discussion of the controversial Total Information Awareness program, administration and security experts say intelligence practices should not include sifting through private records.

Bad press makes contracting an unattractive field, professor says

The acquisition workforce is one issue Defense procurement reform panel will address in forthcoming report.

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