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Democrats blast Army's handling of toxic exposures in Iraq

Five soldiers who served at an Iraqi water injection facility in 2003 were unaware they had been exposed to sodium dichromate until they received letters from the service earlier this year.

Napolitano: Cybersecurity issues remain unresolved

Homeland Security chief says department is figuring out how best to work with Defense, private sector on protecting federal IT networks.

Agencies submit ‘fresh, innovative’ performance goals to OMB

Plans will be released to the public after officials refine them.


Obama’s merit board nominees have deep background in union law

Lawyers led legal challenge to Pentagon’s pay-for-performance system and set ground rules for union election at GAO.

From Nextgov.com: HHS names Parks as chief technology officer

The co-founder of a physician management software firm says he plans to use data, technology and innovation to improve public health.

Encountering Headwinds

Polls indicate Democrats are losing their edge.

Officials say they are cracking down on contractor award fees

Detailed guidelines for granting award-fee contracts are on the way, Obama administration management chief tells lawmakers.

Congress will be hard-pressed to finish spending bills by Sept. 30

Lawmakers say a short-term funding extension is likely, but hold out hope they will be able to pass the appropriations bills individually rather than in an omnibus.

Senator pledges agriculture programs will continue

Head of Budget Committee says he expects agriculture programs to stay largely protected in the deficit reduction program he and the panel's ranking member have proposed.

Procurement policy office maintains low profile

Despite push for contracting reforms, President Obama has yet to name an executive to lead central policy shop.