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SBA proposes major revisions to small business contracting program

Changes would affect joint ventures, size and income determinations for potential participants.

Forum participants see ‘urgency’ in hiring reform

House majority leader also calls for overhaul of federal pay system.

OMB Director Peter R. Orszag called the changes "essential."

OMB calls for 5 percent growth in civilian acquisition workforce

Administration also addresses ways to reduce risky contract types and increase competition.

Unions express concern over new draft of labor-management order

Proposal backs away from requiring agencies to bargain over broader set of work rules.

Intensity Matters

In a midterm election in which turnout is inherently lower than in presidential years, the most-motivated voters carry a disproportionate advantage.

West Point privatization plan expected to be canceled

Move follows GAO ruling citing flaws in how the Army reached a decision to outsource public works jobs.

Official: Hill was not informed of other intelligence activities

Senior administration official does not disclose specific instances, but agrees that the process for congressional notification needs to be improved.

FEMA is unable to measure funding benefits

Agency official says billions spent on homeland security since 2002 have made country safer, but admits FEMA has no way to definitively assess the improvement.

Congress in no rush to cut mail delivery

One of the stumbling blocks is disagreement over how much money the Postal Service would save by stopping Saturday service.

Draft climate change bill puts USDA in lead on emissions

Proposal would require the Agriculture secretary and EPA administrator to develop a carbon credit program within one year of enactment.

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