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House chairman asks agencies to probe Blackwater

At issue is whether the company can declare that its security guards are independent contractors, not employees.

Democrats pledge to raise issue of Iraq waste, mismanagement

Senate appropriators suggested they would use the information to fight Bush's $102.5 billion supplemental request for the war.

Senate budget would boost advance appropriations by $4 billion

Fiscal 2009 budget resolution estimates total discretionary spending is $22 billion more than President Bush's proposal.

Senator condemns Army response to unsafe water in Iraq

A March 7 inspector general report says former Halliburton subsidiary did not follow Army standards on water quality.

Draft rule clarifies government’s procurement priorities with respect to small business

Proposal spells out no preference exists when awarding contracts among disadvantaged businesses.

Senate Democrats approve budget on partisan vote

Bush has said he will veto any fiscal 2009 appropriations bills that exceed his overall spending target.

Panel questions e-procurement’s effects on small businesses

House committee skeptical of e-Travel initiative, reverse auctions.

House panels seek info on FBI data collection programs

The FBI requested $12 million for information analysis center in fiscal 2008.

FEMA to take over mass care role formerly held by Red Cross

GAO finds agency’s expanded role is appropriate, but raises concerns.

Army says it needs up to $260 billion per year

That’s about half the total requested by the Pentagon for 2009.