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PTO deputy director to leave agency next month

Announcement comes as lawmakers fight to break an impasse on legislation to overhaul the patent system.

Waxman joins calls urging OSC chief to resign

Government watchdog groups and three House Republicans already have asked Scott Bloch to quit.

Senators seek to streamline IRS tax lien system

A recent GAO report that found the government is owed $58 billion in payroll taxes fuel debate.

From Nextgov.com: Agencies on track for move to Networx

Report reviews six plans for impending transition to the federal government’s largest-ever telecommunications contract .

Justice Department: Former aide broke law in hiring scandal

Report says former White House liaison Monica Goodling violated federal law and department policy by letting political affiliation influence hiring for career positions.

White House: Budget deficit will reach $482 billion

The projected fiscal 2009 deficit is about $70 billion more than the deficit estimated in Bush's budget proposal released in February.

From Nextgov.com: Appropriators worry VA isn't capitalizing on IT centralization

The central office responsible for overseeing the department's technology lacks a clear organizational structure, Senate panel reports .

Postal Service seeks flexibility in closing facilities

Plan is drawing opposition from lawmakers, postal unions and other stakeholders.

GAO unsure about TSA's ability to meet security deadlines

Official says agency has yet to complete basic assessments of the technology and the additional personnel needed for comprehensive air cargo screening.

Agencies urged to make better use of performance measures

Managers are collecting more information, but they aren’t using it to guide policy decisions or resource allocations, GAO reports.