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Analysts: Ethics probe won't imperil Defense earmarks

Investigation of appropriators' ties to a now-defunct lobbying group is unlikely to affect the fiscal 2010 Defense spending bill, observers say.

Budget chief says administration is ‘changing the culture in Washington’

In NYU speech, OMB director cites contracting reform and weapons systems cuts as steps to curb excessive government spending.

From Nextgov.com: White House's online contests for federal employees have roots in Virginia

The commonwealth asked employees for ideas to streamline government and used the Web to post metrics for how public services are performing.

Senator details plan for cybersecurity director

Susan Collins, R-Maine, wants position based at the Homeland Security Department, not in White House.

Wartime commission scrutinizes contractors’ role in Iraq drawdown

Defense audit agency says KBR already is wasting millions of dollars by not decreasing its workforce in response to troop withdrawals.

Senate clears Interior bill, stopgap funding

Legislation includes about $11 billion for Interior Department programs and $10.3 billion for the EPA.

Airport screening systems are not well tested, says GAO

Risk assessments of passenger screening devices are unreliable, according to watchdog.

18,000 employees accept Postal Service buyout

The next deadline for the $15,000 voluntary separation package is Oct. 31.

Lieberman sees need for cybersecurity czar

Senator say his bill would not give the Homeland Security Department the power to place mandates on the private sector.

Lawmakers cry foul over Defense procurement debacle

Nobody's happy about the latest development in the high-stakes contest to build aerial refueling tankers for the Air Force.

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