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Democrat proposes raising net worth cap for minority small business program

Bill would increase the ceiling for participation in the 8(a) program from $750,000 to $978,722.

From Nextgov.com: Obama administration proposes metrics for testing FISMA performance

Recommended measures “encourage agencies to take concrete steps to improve their security,” announcement states.

Groups claim data on federal employees’ salaries is misleading

News analysis indicates that the number of government workers earning more than six figures has spiked during the last two years.

Senate leader files cloture on spending bill with 2 percent pay raise

Vote on the nearly $450 billion fiscal 2010 spending omnibus package is scheduled for Sunday.

Fund proposed for female farmers in USDA bias cases

Bill creating a $4.6 billion compensation fund may mark beginning of multibillion-dollar congressional effort to settle discrimination suits.

Veterans to receive priority in VA contract awards

Final rule creates set-aside program for veteran-owned and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses.

House leaders insist on statutory pay/go

Dems want to add to the fiscal 2010 spending package legislation that requires offsets for any tax and mandatory spending bills that increase the deficit.

House passes massive financial regulatory overhaul

The legislation creates a new consumer protection agency to guard against abusive and unfair home mortgages, credit cards and auto loans.

President requests review of policy on condolence letters

Families of service members who commit suicide are lobbying the White House to overturn a policy preventing the president from sending them condolence letters.

Senate majority leader offers a way to avoid weekend work on appropriations

Harry Reid, D-Nev., wants to move off healthcare reform early next week and take up the nearly $450 billion fiscal 2010 spending package.

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