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Contractors aim at Defense bill's acquisition changes

Industry groups are opposed to language limiting the use of time-and-materials contracts and allowing protests on task orders.

U.S. surgeons work in the operating room of a military hospital in Baghdad's Green Zone.

Defense cites strides in medical care for deployed civilians

Officials acknowledge there's still room for improvement.

Special counsel, merit protection measure advances

Subcommittee passes language aimed at ensuring allegations of discrimination based on sexual orientation are pursued.

New OMB chief to hold firm against excess spending

Despite $23 billion difference over appropriations, Jim Nussle says there is still time to avoid a train wreck.

Panel poised to curb OSC discretion in whistleblower probes

Bill would require agencies protecting federal workplace rights to report more often to Congress and to give complainants more information on their cases.

Bush nominates ex-judge to become attorney general

Michael Mukasey, an 18-year veteran of a U.S. district court in New York, has a conservative reputation on national security matters, law professor says.

GSA: Politics to blame for collapse of Sun contract

Congress needs help to gain better understanding of how contracts work and the roles of acquisition officials, GSA chief says.

Working group to stay mum on FDA consolidation plan

Lab closure strategy remains suspended as officials see if it would fit in with the panel’s broader recommendations.

Sun Microsystems quits GSA multiple award contract

Company has been under ongoing scrutiny from the agency’s inspector general and Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa.

Pentagon rejects Air Force bid to control UAV programs

Other services viewed the Air Force's efforts as a power grab and vociferously objected, stating that they feared giving up their buying power.