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Lawmakers express concern over DHS reliance on contractors

Watchdog agency concludes that Homeland Security does not take the necessary steps to prevent contractors in service roles from overstepping their bounds.

Romney's Palmetto Problem

The South Carolina primary could be pivotal for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Rhetorical firefight escalates over veterans spending

Democrats point out that Congress hasn’t passed a veterans appropriations measure before the end of the fiscal year since fiscal 1997.

Pentagon asks Congress to drop plan for Afghanistan IG

Defense officials say the office would be redundant and deplete the department’s regular inspector general of needed personnel.

Senators seek compromise bill to boost IG independence

New bill will not include a provision that allows IGs to send their budgets directly to Congress; White House had objected to that language.

Commerce seeks emergency aid for Census Bureau

The agency continues to struggle with a financial shortfall as it prepares to conduct the 2010 census.

Survey indicates dissatisfaction with government management

Two-thirds of Americans questioned said they don’t understand how government spends its money; 92 percent said they’re unsure the best value is received on contracts.

Senate subcommittee to probe Hatch Act enforcement

Hearing will serve as a reminder that federal officials must steer clear of politics on the job during the 2008 elections.

Senate leader trying to dislodge hold on Interior nominee

Oregon Democrat who placed the hold wants assurances that the agency will take steps to prevent unethical behavior.

Bush, GOP criticize Dems for slow progress on spending bills

Sides are locked in a stalemate over Democratic plans to spend about $23 billion more than the $933 billion Bush wants.