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Coast Guard seeks to identify staffing shortfalls, fill gaps

Service needs congressional authorization for requested organizational changes.

Independent panel recommends tighter access to radioactive materials

Stricter licensing process would reduce vulnerability to terrorism.

House GOP eager to strip debarment provision from contracting bill

Controversial amendment could prevent some major contractors from earning future government work, critics say.

Contract award protests charging conflicts of interest on the rise

As agencies rely more on outside contractors to evaluate bids, GAO sees more complaints about bias.

Passport system breach highlights shortcomings in agency privacy practices

House chairman seeks names of State Department contractors fired for inappropriately accessing presidential candidates’ files.

Public satisfaction with e-government hits lowest level since 2005

Rising user expectations rather than a decline in service could account for lower score.

On the sea and in the air, military bills come due

Air Force planes and Navy ships are reaching the end of their work lives, but current conflicts pinch new purchases.

Groups urge court to end use of national security letters

Filing comes one week after report revealed flawed and possibly illegal use of the security letters by the FBI.

Senators urge appropriators to add $350M for science

Money would be added to the upcoming fiscal 2008 war supplemental spending bill.

Despite proclamations, earmarks continue

Flood of requests crashed committee's system, extending deadline into next week.