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Proposed rule increases oversight of program aiding disadvantaged businesses

Proof of contractors’ eligibility in the HUBZone program would be required under the Federal Acquisition Regulation.

USDA officials pitch in to help with White House garden

Secretary Tom Vilsack helps in planting, while scientists plan to provide parasite-resistant honey bees for pollination.


Pressure is on agencies to manage stimulus construction funds

Billions of dollars are at stake, but track record in overseeing such projects is decidedly mixed.

USDA secretary fills key posts in department

Janey Thornton, a former school nutrition director in Kentucky, will serve as deputy undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services.

Lieberman wants U.S.-Mexico border security funding in supplemental

Senator said he will seek an amendment that would add $550 million in border security funds to stop weapons and cash from being smuggled to the drug cartels.

Inspector general says IRS must do more to prevent fraudulent refunds

Head of the agency’s criminal investigation division calls IG’s methodology “biased.”

USDA touts success with intern program

Department has created a pipeline for Hispanic interns to become permanent federal employees.

Administration warns of stimulus scams

Senior citizens, small businesses have been targeted in Recovery Act schemes.

Obama executive order limits contractors' hiring options

A little-noticed directive requires service providers that win follow-on contracts to offer jobs to nonmanagerial employees at the previous company.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar

Interior announces first stimulus projects

Initial investments will boost U.S. Geological Survey research on climate and energy challenges.