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From Nextgov.com: Army relies on ‘fully loaded’ SUV in hurricane response

During disasters, emergency response vehicle gives Army North access to Defense’s unclassified and classified networks.

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McCain pledges to attack bureaucracy, limit government

Republican nominee says his administration would “set a new standard for transparency and accountability.”

IG questions appearance of bias in selection of DHS projects

Report finds no wrongdoing, but concludes that the science and technology directorate lacks a clear system for documenting why certain projects are chosen.

More turmoil roils OSC as top deputy is fired

Special Counsel Scott Bloch last week removed Jim Mitchell, his spokesman and acting chief of staff.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., has sought to create a contractor performance database.

Lawmakers chop up major contracting reform legislation

Provisions are tacked onto broader measures as stand-alone acquisition bills languish in committee.

From Nextgov.com: IRS finds unauthorized Web servers connected to its networks

Unknown servers are passed over for security patches, leaving agency networks open to attack , IG reports.

Appropriators foresee tough times if McCain wins White House

GOP standard-bearer has pledged to veto bills that include wasteful earmarks.

From Nextgov.com: GAO: More work needed to ensure Census handheld computers work

The bureau must develop performance benchmarks to increase the likelihood the devices will operate as planned.

Trouble, Trouble, Trouble

The new president will face a multitude of problems, but likely will have a hard time accomplishing more than three or four big things in his first term.

Gustav response highlights Army’s improvement in disaster communications

The service has turned to mobile command vehicles built from the ground up to coordinate better with first responders in the wake of Hurricane Gustav.