More than $1.5 billion in stimulus funds have gone to 17 of the largest government contractors.
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Much of the information in Smartronix's winning proposal was redacted to protect competitive information.
Bill requires more government inspections and oversight of food manufacturers and gives the FDA authority to order recalls.
Committee plans to consider its last spending bill -- the Defense appropriations measure -- in early September.
Three legislative watchdogs from varied backgrounds step into new oversight territory.
Absence of strategic plan has led to inconsistent policies, report says.
Open government advocates say new media efforts come closer than prime time television appearances to meeting transparency goals.
Since its creation in 2003, DHS has never operated under authorization legislation.
Lawmakers approve amendment that requires competitive bidding on projects funded by the Energy bill, with some exceptions.
Lawmakers worry about potential disruption to communities resulting from a switch to five-day delivery and post office closures.