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Hill, auditors cross-examine officials about new census plan

GAO skeptical that management changes the bureau took after the failure of a handheld computer contract will ensure a well-run 2010 count.

The GOP's 'Electile Dysfunction'

Even if Republican voters turn out at normal rates for the election, that might not be enough to win.

Nine of 16 agencies cut backlogs of FOIA requests

GAO study says inconsistent data makes progress hard to track.

Private tax collectors under fire by House appropriators

Legislation aimed at halting IRS debt-collecting program is pending now and has failed in the past.

OMB sews shut overseas contracting loophole

Proposed rule, based on similar Defense Department regulations, would have exempted companies working overseas from fraud-reporting requirements.

House passes bill to prevent tax cheats from winning contracts

Contractors would have to certify they do not owe "seriously delinquent" taxes.

VA in midst of huge project to rewrite regulations in plain language

Skeptics say it will be hard to change VA writing process, and complex rules do not lend themselves to simple prose.

House panel to take up bill requiring electronic e-mail storage

The measure, which would apply to all federal agencies, responds to loss of hundreds of days worth of White House e-mails.

Senate committee passes 'plain English' bill

Measure will require federal agencies to use plain language in commonly used federal forms.

EPA is missing in action on major environmental issues, observers charge

The White House is widely perceived by critics to be running roughshod over agency scientists and lawyers on policy.