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Bush administration streamlines security clearance process

Executive order requires agencies to use common standards, reciprocal recognition.

Most federal benefit programs use electronic payments, GAO reports

But less than half of the programs know what percentage of payments is issued using online methods.

Bush signs $162 billion war spending bill

Legislation will bring to more than $650 billion the amount Congress has provided for the Iraq war since it began in 2003.

Hill battle over Justice Department records likely to escalate

The agency is refusing to comply with subpoenas from two House committees for documents related to the leak of former CIA agent Valerie Plame's identity.

Bush nominates former counterintelligence official as State IG

Thomas Betro is currently director of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

Wartime contracting commission members named

Modeled after Truman committee, panel will investigate spending in Iraq, Afghanistan.

From Nextgov.com: Coast Guard shows off first high-tech cutter

Public tour aims to demonstrate modernization contract is on track, but GAO says problems remain.

Senate passes FAA extension, sends it to Bush for signature

Bill would extend through the fiscal year FAA’s authority to collect and spend aviation taxes and contract authority for the Airport Improvement Program.

OMB head cheers Senate passage of war-funding bill

Included in the measure is a multibillion dollar boost in veterans’ education benefits that can be transferred to spouses and children.

Acting GSA chief expects smooth transition to new administrator

David Bibb plans September exit; he’ll be succeeded by Jim Williams, an experienced GSA hand.