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Republicans agree to keep an open mind on deficit reduction

Democrats on the commission say no ideas should be forbidden from consideration.

Former special counsel pleads guilty

Scott Bloch will be sentenced on July 20 for withholding information from congressional investigators.

From Nextgov.com: Many Americans surfing for hard facts about government

Pew researchers were impressed that 40 percent of the public has used the Internet to find raw government data , spending statistics, policy statements and campaign contributions.

Administration weighs response to Arizona immigration law

Homeland Security secretary says law could hurt enforcement efforts by undermining trust in immigrant communities.

Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York is spearheading the Senate effort.

Lawmakers seek to preempt election advertising by contractors

Democrats are concerned Citizens United ruling could give contractors undue political sway.

IG blasts FEMA for conflict of interests in IT contract in flood insurance program

Office also charges agency with poor oversight and unqualified leadership, which hampered major technology initiative, costing taxpayers millions of dollars.

Defense contracting bill to hit House this week

Democrats already are claiming the measure as a victory for fiscal responsibility.

GOP House members seek appropriations commitments

Republicans would like Democrats to agree to expeditious consideration of supplemental spending bill and individual action on all 12 appropriations measures.

Strategy for boosting acquisition workforce is a step forward, report says

Agency officials say OMB's requirements for submitting human capital plans are workable.

From Nextgov.com: FAA urges airlines to be clear on personal tech use in cockpit

Crew members are required to refrain from ‘performing nonessential duties’ during takeoffs and landings, but new notice asks carriers to set policies for the use of cell phones, laptops and other devices during flights.

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