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Deficit triples in fiscal 2009, reaches 10 percent of GDP

Congressional Budget Office says figure is the highest shortfall, relative to the size of the economy, since 1945.

Panel debates future of Fannie, Freddie

Disagreement swirls over whether the home financing giants' role of stabilizing and stimulating the mortgage market can be privatized.

McCain rebuffed on PBS construction funds

Amendment would have cut $20 million in funding for the Public Telecommunications Facilities Planning and Construction program.

House approves agreement on Pentagon pay-for-performance, sick leave benefit

Senate now will consider conference report on fiscal 2010 Defense authorization.

Rep. Ike Skelton touts the bill's acquisition provisions.

Defense policy bill has major implications for contractors

Legislation extends ban on public-private job competitions and limits award fees for negligent contractors.

From Nextgov.com: VA looks to Web 2.0 technologies to improve management

Electronic health records initiative and social networking sites are among the projects under way.

Experts say policy 'czars' fall within presidential authority

Analysts agree Obama's use of White House czars does not represent an abuse of power as long as they do not attempt to give orders to agency heads or issue regulations.

Senate again rejects C-17 cut, approves spending bill

House and Senate appropriators already have been working quietly for weeks to resolve differences in the two chambers' versions of the defense bill.

Obama administration launches program evaluation effort

Office of Management and Budget lays out new assessment principles and offers financial incentives for agencies that go the extra mile.

Authorizers agree to end F-22 program

The $680 billion Defense authorization bill is expected to pass both chambers and move to President Obama's desk in the next several days.

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