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Singing the Down-Ballot Blues

Republican congressional candidates should move closer to John McCain.

House passes GAO pay bill, minus investigative provisions

Measure would restore pay increases to hundreds of agency employees who have said they were wrongly denied raises in 2006 and 2007.

GSA proposes mentor-protégé program

Initiative encourages agency prime contractors to assist small businesses.

From Nextgov.com: GSA official urges passage of cooperative purchasing bill for security

Opening federal security contracts to state and local governments would save money and provide faster services.

Gates offers Bush new Air Force leadership team

Gen. Norton Schwartz, a 35-year veteran with a background in Air Force special operations, is Defense secretary's pick as chief of staff.

House bill creates VA ombudsman's office

Subcommittee approves legislation to create a one-stop shop for information on VA medical, housing and education benefits.

Lawmaker challenges Defense official's stance on new destroyer

Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Miss., has taken his fight to put the DDG-1000 destroyer program on hold directly to the Pentagon's top acquisition official.

Procurement policy office issues new guidance on interagency acquisitions

The management of such contracts has appeared on GAO’s list of high-risk federal programs since 2005.

From Nextgov.com: GSA signs telework agreement with union

AFGE officials agree to provisions that abruptly ended telework talks with another federal union.

Watchdog groups seek deal on whistleblower protections

Legislation is among several government accountability bills that have passed easily in both chambers but which lawmakers have struggled for months to reconcile.