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Defenders, attackers of women’s contracting regulations square off

SBA, Justice officials defend proposed rule requiring agencies to prove underrepresentation before setting aside contracts.

A Strange Game of Hearts

Each party's primary contest has political analysts scratching their heads.

EPA's move to 'modernize' libraries spurs concerns

Congress has ordered agency to restore network of libraries that had been closed or consolidated.

FDA affirms cloned animal safety but objections raised

Agency will not require labeling of clone-derived milk and meat because the agency determined safety concerns are no different than traditional food.

Senator takes aim at agency 'skimming' of earmarks

Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb. criticizes agency practice of taking a percentage off the top of earmarked accounts for administrative expenses.

House looks to move new defense authorization this week

Democrats still have not made a formal announcement of their floor strategy to deal with President Bush's unexpected veto.

NASA contract employees win injunction against background checks

Federal judge says allowing investigations to continue forces workers to choose their between rights and their jobs.

ACLU wants changed focus in pandemic containment planning

Government efforts too focused on treating health emergencies as a law enforcement or national security problem, organization says.

Democrats call EPA unresponsive to fuel emissions probe

Senator threatens subpoena to compel agency to provide information on denial of a waiver that would have let California impose tougher auto emissions standards.

Pentagon expected to offer few changes in fiscal 2009 budget plan

Officials say programs falling under the umbrella of military transformation will continue to dominate the procurement budget.