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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.

Rove resigned Monday.

Rove resignation unlikely to hinder Hatch Act investigations

Probes into possible violations during agency briefings will continue despite departure of chief White House political architect.

Lawmakers ask agencies to draw in more minority-owned ad firms

New report shows Defense and Treasury lag in doing business with small, disadvantaged and minority-owned advertising companies.

EEOC to move call center operations back in-house

Commissioners vote to close central service center, grant three-month contract extension to make time for transition.

Small firms fare well in GSA office supply contract

Eleven of 13 slots in contract to provide efficient, affordable choices for procuring supplies go to small companies.