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Former OPM employees plead guilty to stealing $27,000

Accounting technicians face up to 10 years in prison for diverting government funds into personal accounts.

FDA says consolidation remains suspended, not canceled

Reorganization plan in limbo pending review of information including recommendations from an import safety advisory panel.

Agencies fall short of small business contracting goals

Two of the government’s top contracting shops – the Defense Department and the General Services Administration – fail to meet targets.

Senate, House to scramble before Iraq report hits in September

After returning from recess, the Senate will first debate President Bush's nomination of Jim Nussle to be Office of Management and Budget director.

Advocates push Illinois Dem. to forsake maverick course on spending

Fiscal conservative was the only House Democrat to vote against the $607 billion fiscal 2008 Labor-Health and Human Services appropriations bill last month.

Democrats seek to shield top health official from political pressure

Measures introduced in House and Senate would narrow the pool of candidates from which the president could select the surgeon general.

GSA starts second phase of contract streamlining program

Initiative will be expanded to include more contracts and accept electronic submissions.

IG urges better post-disaster data sharing

Privacy requirements hurt law enforcement agencies’ ability to locate missing children and others in aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, auditors found.

Lawmakers pursue more money to guard intellectual property

Reports accompanying spending bills signal appropriators are troubled by growing backlog of patent applications and the time it takes to process them.

The Bloomberg Scenario

An independent like Michael Bloomberg would probably need 37 or 38 percent of the popular vote to win a majority in the Electoral College.