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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.

Office of Management and Budget to issue guidance on purchase card requirements

Memo follows report exposing widespread abuse across agencies.

OMB to agencies: Don't bother submitting 2010 budget requests

Bush administration will leave the task of preparing a full fiscal 2010 budget to the next president's team.

House committee votes again to prohibit private tax debt collection

Ways and Means renews its commitment to ending IRS program; hopes for more Senate support.

Panel doesn't expect letup in air traffic congestion

Recent report calls for capping the number of flights out of New York, more steps to ease delays.