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Agencies plan to issue most stimulus contracts competitively

Fixed-price deals will be prevalent, though wide use of such arrangements is impractical for some departments.

Defense personnel security clearance information is incomplete, GAO says

Pentagon and OPM have reduced processing times, but took four months to vet nearly 40 percent of initial security clearances in fiscal 2008.

Leveling Off

Buoyed by increasing optimism about the economy, President Obama’s approval ratings appear to have reached a high plateau.

House contracting caucus tackles acquisition workforce issues

Bipartisan group will host first public panel on Tuesday with procurement leaders.

Officials draft changes to Bush-era mandate on ID cards

Some of the biggest differences between the law and the proposed alternative deal with information-technology requirements.

GAO: Defense must make cultural, procedural changes to NSPS

Watchdog agency says moving too quickly on pay-for-performance systems undermines their credibility.

Panels to review Pentagon budget

Acquisition reform negotiations also are on this week's agenda.

House passes supplemental war spending bill

Senate is expected to consider the measure on Tuesday and the goal is to complete conference negotiations before the Memorial Day recess.

Witnesses back efforts to make FEMA an independent agency

Emergency management veterans say placing the agency in the Homeland Security Department starved it of resources and decision-making power.

Air Force vows to improve acquisition system

Plan would expand workforce and revise processes to keep programs on time and within budget.

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