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Panel OKs emergency funds for recovery from bridge collapse

Bill authorizes $250 million in relief funds for the state of Minnesota to use in the repairs of the Interstate-35W bridge.

Lawmakers probe claims of improper influence over science

Interior inspector general questioned about interactions between scientists and policy-makers.

House lawmaker joins bid to end TSA contracting exemption

Senators are making a similar effort; witnesses at hearing say changes would bring greater transparency, more competition.

Bill to target waste in contracting moves to Senate floor

Measure encourages maximum competition and limits length of non-competitive contracts awarded under exceptional circumstances.

Watch for Retirements

Large numbers of House member retirements concentrated in one party would be telling.

Treasury chief calls on Congress to boost debt ceiling

In the past when lawmakers have failed to act fast enough, Treasury has been forced to borrow from government retirement funds.

GSA lets 29 firms in on massive tech services contract

Winners aren’t guaranteed work; agencies can still shop around among the awardees or look outside the list of pre-selected vendors.

OMB's Clay Johnson said lobbying by labor unions has hobbled competitive sourcing effort.

Agencies struggle to meet goals on opening work to contractors

Democratic control of Congress and ensuing legislative resistance partly to blame for lack of progress, OMB says.

House approves Commerce-Justice-Science spending bill

Measure exceeds Bush’s request by $2.3 billion, and did not pass by enough votes to sustain a veto.

NTSB Chairman Mark Rosenker reporting on investigation's findings.

Crash probe raises issue of air traffic controller staffing

National Transportation Safety Board unsure second controller would have prevented crash of Comair Flight 5191.