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If the Obama-Clinton contest is a dead heat at the end of the last primaries and caucuses, superdelegates could flip the outcome.

NIH director steers agency through tough times

Elias Zerhouni has used charm and deft political maneuvering to win and keep the support of Washington, industry and outside groups as he tries to rejuvenate the agency.

Incumbents playing wait and see on budget additions

Many vulnerable House Republicans are adopting "get tough on earmarks" stands.

Navy goal to build balanced, affordable fleet, chief says

The service is in the middle of an ambitious and costly plan to build a 313-ship fleet of modern aircraft carriers, destroyers, cruisers and other vessels.

Information czar calls for performance reviews to include sharing

Head of the Information Sharing Environment says all agencies should follow intelligence community's lead to create a culture based not on "need to know" but "need to share."

GSA awards $2.5 billion contract for contact center services

Agencies can use USA Contact to set up emergency call-in centers to receive inquiries from the public during crises.

Patent and Trademark Office budget amendment approved

Senator says economic benefits are lost when pace of patent approval slows.

Prospect of congressional interference in tanker contract sparks concern

Lawmakers could set a perilous precedent if they overturn Air Force decision, critics say.

GSA signs agreement to open advanced design software

International standards for so-called Building Information Modeling will cut design and construction costs, officials say.

Government Reform panel passes contractor database bill

Republican committee members voice concern that the measure could allow unfair attacks on companies.