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Inconsistencies hinder sharing of contractor performance data

Officials say new bill requiring creation of central database would help alert agencies of contractor missteps.

U.S. Army Sgt. Tommy Williams provides security during a fuel truck inspection near Riyadh, Iraq.

Protests could put brakes on new Iraq logistics contract

Two losing teams are claiming the Army made mistakes in evaluating their proposals.

House panel votes to bar outsourcing of tax debt collections

Bill passes 23-18, over Republican objections.

Early Exit

John McCain’s failure to win the trust of the GOP establishment and his association with the Iraq surge contributed to his campaign’s downfall.

Nicholson testifies in front of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs last year.

Veterans Affairs chief resigns

James Nicholson, 69, says he wants to return to the private sector.

DHS to review $8 million in unpaid security contract invoices

Homeland Security officials and House lawmaker pledge to fix flawed system for paying contract guards.

Senate contracting reform bill wins support

Hearing witnesses express concerns over details of Senate measure, but generally applaud the effort.

House panel to take up bill to block outsourcing of tax collections

Democrats argue debt collection is an inherently governmental job and cite privacy concerns, but they are unlikely to win the GOP’s support.

House slogs its way through spending bill earmark fights

Members take up Labor-HHS spending bill, which exceeds President Bush’s request by nearly $13 billion.

Contract security guard program to see changes

Agency chief to announce reforms to make billing more efficient; lawmaker seeks better vetting of companies.