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Administration cites progress reining in procurement costs

Contract spending increased by 4 percent in fiscal 2009, a considerably lower growth rate than in prior years.

From Nextgov.com: NASA announces contests to unearth technological advances

Winners will receive millions of dollars in prize money for developing innovations in satellite launch technology, energy storage and robotics.

“We must eliminate real and perceived conflicts within the organization,” said Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

Interior submits MMS reorganization plan to Congress

Restructuring aims to eliminate conflicts of interest in offshore energy management.

Senator: Budget enforcement package possible

The House passed a measure earlier this month capping discretionary spending for fiscal 2011 at $1.121 trillion.

Panel passes bill to reform oil, gas leasing

Measure would split the troubled Minerals Management Service into three entities so that leasing, oversight and revenue-collection operations would be separate.

Waste and fraud still plague Medicare, but oversight is improving, officials say

CMS identified more than $1 billion in improper payments between 2005 and 2008.

Senate panel schedules markup of spending bills

Democrats are likely to ignore a GOP proposal to cap fiscal 2011 discretionary spending at $1.108 trillion, about $20 billion less than Obama requested.

Defense mandates disclosure of contract bundling

Department also will alert lawmakers to large sole-source task or delivery orders.

From Nextgov.com: Health and Human Services’ IT rules open up market to newcomers

Older products long ago opted to comply with stricter standards, giving later entrants that can focus on simpler requirements the advantage, consultants say.