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House leader 'hopeful' budget blueprint will pass by Easter

Hoyer stresses lawmakers are not tied to that timeline.

McCain: Hill won't threaten tanker deal

Lawmakers will keep a close eye on the contract, but won't intervene, according to the Arizona Republican.

Forward Observer: QDR is a Quite Disappointing Report

Goal of the strategy document seems to be to avoid ruffling feathers.

Moderate Democrats pitch bailout repayment bill

Six Blue Dog leaders advocate legislation to recoup the cost of the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program and pay down the growing deficit.

Nominee’s views on collective bargaining rights for airport screeners are not known.

Obama taps former intelligence officer to lead TSA

Labor unions take a wait-and-see approach to nomination of retired Army Maj. Gen. Robert Harding.

Court puts HUBZone firms at top of small business pecking order

U.S. Court of Federal Claims finds that Historically Underutilized Business Zone companies have priority over 8(a) and veteran-owned firms.

Screening of all U.S.-bound air cargo still years away

Biggest challenge is getting cooperation from the governments of 20 countries where nearly 85 percent of cargo originates, senior official says.

Senate confirms Defense nominees stalled by GOP holds

Republicans cave in after being pressed to explain wartime holds that weren't based on the merits of the candidates for Air Force and acquisition jobs.

Delays plague Energy’s Recovery Act spending

Staffing shortages, confusion over labor rules and environmental assessments have contributed to problems.

IG: Homeland Security isn’t awarding noncompetitive contracts by the book

Lack of market research and acquisition planning could mean DHS isn’t receiving the best value for taxpayers, watchdog says.