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State Department could replace Blackwater

The private security contractor has been denied a license to operate in Iraq, and State will not renew the firm’s contract when it expires in May 2009.

Aviation industry to seek funds for air cargo screening

Groups estimate that as much as $4 billion will be needed over 10 years to cover the costs of the 100-percent screening mandate.

Senate Commerce leaders eye FAA boost

Program designed to transform the ground-based air traffic control system to a satellite-based system might get more funding as part of the economic stimulus bill.

Obama's promise to cut middle managers won't be easy to keep

President adds complexity to the objective by committing to move managers to the front lines.

Justice orchestrates TSP hoax to test employees on security

Department did not coordinate with TSP’s oversight board when it sent a phony e-mail to employees asking for personal information.

Treasury increases bailout staffing, but still faces hurdles

GAO report singles out salaries and ethics processes as barriers to swift hiring.

Recession spurs Postal Service bid to cut mail deliveries

Postmaster general proposes scaling back service during slower months such as July and August.

Full Senate vote on Holder scheduled for Monday

Majority leader rejects a request for an earlier vote in order to maintain good relations.

Senator reveals ideas for tougher TARP oversight

Under consideration is a stipulation that firms receiving program funds return to the government any executive bonuses paid out since the initiative began.

Navy says new presidential helicopter way over budget

Program costs have ballooned over the last three years, increasing by more than 50 percent.