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Federal jobs not automatically competitive, administration argues

In court filing, Justice Department says president has authority to determine which jobs are subject to competition.

Top officer says military should wean itself off supplementals

Defense should identify long-term needs that have been included in emergency spending bills and move them to the regular budget, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman says.

Set-asides still offer billions in contracting prospects

Awards to small firms continue to rise, though the pace is slowing, industry research group finds.

OPM meets most 2008 strategic goals

Agency still struggles with the rollout of its electronic retirement system.

Senator urges suspension of Iraq publicity contracts

The United States should not be spending $300 million to “propagandize the Iraqi people,” especially given the financial crisis, Virginia Democrat says.

From Nextgov.com: GSA oversight of contractor flawed

Inspector general says procurement agency failed to make sure the government received the best deal when it hired consultant to evaluate bids for a massive IT contract.

Condoleezza Rice speaks at a U.N. meeting on African development.

State Department urged to boost hiring

New report cautions against an increasing “militarization” of diplomacy.

EPA likely to see changes under next administration

Reversing Bush administration rules that reshaped regulatory programs and weakened some environmental protections could take years.

Budget observers predict crunch on spending

Former OMB director says next president should devise a five-year budget strategy to handle financial crisis in the short-term and provide long-term deficit restraint.

SEC chairman blames lack of transparency for market turmoil

Chris Cox calls for better reporting on financial disclosures.