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Obama contacts Hill about Afghan decision

At least 31 members from both parties and chambers have been invited to a meeting with the president before his address to the nation on Tuesday night.

CBO: Nongroup premiums will rise under health care bill

Congressional budget office predicts the measure would increase average nongroup premiums 10 percent to 13 percent by 2016 above what they would be if current law remained in place.

Agencies can honor existing ACORN contracts

Justice memo argues Congress was unclear on whether spending ban applies to pre-existing agreements.

From Nextgov.com: Could mobile technology have stopped the state dinner security breach?

Some IT specialists say better communications among security forces could foil attempts to sneak into White House events, but others say nothing will fix human error.

NSPS review panel member Robert Tobias sees rollback as an opportunity.

Pentagon pay plan's demise could pave way for broad reforms

Mandate to build a new Defense performance management system creates an opening for governmentwide changes.

Interior details onshore oil and gas lease sales for 2010

Sales to include parcels in National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska after a two-year hiatus.

Watchdog finds ‘pervasive deficiencies’ in Medicare contract management

Office responsible for the health insurance program has failed to implement past recommendations to reduce risk in contracts, GAO says.

Cleaning House

Dealing with ethics problems will be a tough task for House Democrats in 2010.

Obama executive order targets payment errors

Mandate focuses on transparency, accountability and incentives to report improperly issued funds.

IFPTE Legislative Director Matt Biggs backs the regulation.

OPM extends direct hire authority for acquisition jobs

Rule could help recruit the talented acquisition workforce necessary for insourcing efforts, observers say.