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Report: Defense Department cannot fully account for $7.8B spent in Iraq

Inspector general concludes funds were spent without appropriate documentation; office reconciling Iraqi payments has been moved from Kuwait to Rome, N.Y.

Panel praises Petraeus during nomination hearing

General said the number of violent incidents in Iraq last week was the lowest in four years.

OMB issues guidance for evaluating federal acquisition processes

Agencies must use a standard template to assess procurement strengths and weaknesses by fiscal 2009.

From Nextgov.com: Hill: Regulatory groups fail to protect power grid from cyberattacks

Federal regulatory commission says it needs more authority to force plants to tighten security for computer networks.

Access to contractor misconduct database restricted in Senate bill

Lacking support, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., agrees to make proposed database available only to government officials.

GAO: Post-government employment of Defense contracting officials could pose conflict of interest

The Pentagon is not required to monitor former officials when they begin jobs with defense contractors.

From Nextgov.com: Interior allowed to reconnect to Internet

Judge rules six-year disconnect order not valid, but still worries that the department’s computer security practices are inadequate.

Hard Knocks

Now Barack Obama can't enter the general election contest unmindful of the resistance that he is encountering from older and downscale white voters.

Cisco grilled for allegedly helping Chinese censor, spy on dissidents

Company official downplays allegations, says the only equipment sold to country's public security bureau were routing and switching products.

From Nextgov.com: Government's computer security grade improves slightly for 2007

But some say the report card’s finding means little in light of its shortcomings.