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Lobbyist's work for Obama transition raises concerns over ethics guidelines

Sources say James Halpert, an attorney and registered lobbyist with DLA Piper, is advising on matters related to the Patent and Trademark Office and intellectual property.

Obama urged to make quick decision on fighter jet

New administration will end up costing taxpayers more money if it waits much past Jan. 21 to make the call, Defense acquisition chief says.

Democrats might rewrite contractor law

Critics say the law allows companies to skimp on benefits and dodge tax obligations by classifying workers as independent contractors.

Twenty percent of senior executives unprepared for transition

Some high-level career officials can’t cite any presidential transition activities at their agencies, survey finds.

Obama administration faces daunting energy challenges

Outgoing Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman cites growing demand and urgent need to reduce emissions.

Defense acquisition official gives himself, military low marks

But John Young emphasized that 60 percent to 70 percent of the Pentagon's acquisition programs are run well.

Waxman ousts Dingell for energy and commerce post

The vote opens a vacancy atop the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Acting GSA administrator backs broad cooperative purchasing plan

Jim Williams calls for all agency supply schedules to be open to state and local governments.

Army's growth plans may not be enough, secretary says

The service is enlarging its active-duty force by 65,000 soldiers and its National Guard and Reserve units by another 9,000 troops, but more additions could be necessary if the current pace of operations continues.

Changes to FAA error measurements spark questions

Union says pay for performance creates incentive to underreport air traffic controller mistakes.