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Old tools hamper drug inspections, observers say

A relatively small investment in IT could make oversight far more effective, former agency official tells lawmakers.

Trade group calls for reforms to appointments process

Aerospace execs say the long process and pay disparities shut out strong candidates.

Bush nominates former North Dakota governor as Agriculture secretary

Edward Schafer will replace Mike Johanns, who resigned last month to launch a Senate bid.

House leads push to strengthen small business contracting

Procurement legislation passes as Senate Small Business Committee leaders work on their own measure.

IG says he cannot afford to open probes in Iraq

Top State Department auditor is defending himself against accusations that he hindered investigations that could have been embarrassing for the Bush administration.

Steady Gains

Hillary Clinton has made small but consistent improvements in her general election poll standings.

Defense remains concerned C-5 aircraft costs may still rise

Contractor has offered to deliver final 108 aircraft for a fixed price, but Air Force officials remain concerned about unanticipated costs the proposal would not cover.

Security contractor group looks beyond Blackwater controversy

Annual conference for security and logistics firms focuses on peace, disaster relief operations.

Bush says he will veto 'three-bill pileup'

President repeats his demand that Congress pass a "clean" Military Construction-VA Appropriations bill by Veterans Day.

Foreign affairs panel to probe claims against State IG

Comptroller General David Walker is the only scheduled witness at hearing to examine allegations that the IG blocked investigations.