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Agriculture chief disputes USDA climate bill study

Vilsack says less cropland will be converted to forestland than report suggests.

Troop surge to bring more orders for unmanned aircraft

Officials say intelligence and reconnaissance equipment will play a big role in Afghanistan mission.

Lawmakers see danger in national debt

Senators say they will not support increase of the national debt limit beyond $12.3 trillion without a plan to create a debt-reduction panel.

Senate leader eyes key Monday vote on health bill

A favorable Congressional Budget Office score of a plan to allow OPM to negotiate rates with private insurers on behalf of a national plan would help lock down support.

From Nextgov.com: GSA awards geospatial services agreements to four firms

$20 million blanket purchase agreement was awarded at the request of the Geospatial Line of Business, chaired by the Interior Department.

Defense and State brace for surge in Afghanistan contracting

Officials assure lawmakers they have strategies to steer clear of the waste, fraud and abuse that plagued Iraq procurements.

Senate leader's Christmas wish list is growing

Sen. Harry Reid wants the chamber to pass a continuing resolution, short-term debt limit increase, Defense spending bill and health care overhaul before the holiday.

House passes Defense spending bill, riders

Chamber also approves five-day continuing resolution to keep the Pentagon running until the Senate passes and the president signs the appropriations measure.

Veterans Affairs’ acquisition practices come under fire

Inefficiencies and fraud in contracting programs lead lawmakers to weigh legislation updating the department’s business practices.

Real Slippage

The president’s approval ratings have moved down a notch or two in recent weeks.

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