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From Nextgov.com: Laptop stolen from VA contractor contains veterans’ personal data

Rep. Steven Buyer, R-Ind., tells Veterans Affairs secretary that hundreds of the department’s contractors are not adhering to rules and regulations requiring them to encrypt data stored on computers.

Federal acquisition councils anticipate mandate to increase transparency

But the administration has not yet directed agencies to post contract documents online.

Senator concedes floor time for budget resolution hard to get

Other legislative priorities, including a war supplemental, could crowd out the spending blueprint.

House panel boosts military pay raise

Increase of half a percentage point over administration request comes just days after Defense Secretary Robert Gates asked Congress to hold the line on raises.

Committee approves three veterans bills

Bills range from therapeutic companion dogs to chiropractors for injured or emotionally troubled vets.

Senators call for sanctions against contractors doing business with Iran

GAO finds seven companies with U.S. contracts also worked in Iran’s energy sector.

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Lawmakers push potty parity

New legislation requires an equal number of male and female toilets in federal buildings.

Customs and border chief faces scrutiny over household staff

Alan Bersin did not maintain proper employment forms for employees, Senate investigators report.

GOP appropriators urge IRS bumps be left out of budget resolution

Increases for enforcement programs would be tantamount to earmarks since they would be set aside for specific purposes, Republicans argue.

Interior will restructure Minerals Management Service

Reorganization would create an independent safety and environmental enforcement entity.

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