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GAO cites cost, schedule risks in IT projects supporting census

Three of four technology projects are either behind schedule or over budget, watchdog agency finds.

A Race to Watch

The results of an upcoming special election in a heavily blue Massachusetts district will be telling.

Critics contend loopholes are diminishing new earmark rules

Inconsistencies in how the requirements are applied, and difficulties removing set-asides from non-spending bills are two issues cited.

Report cites some gaps in Defense payroll security

More could be done to increase physical security of data in the Defense Civilian Pay System, auditors say.

Lawmaker demands records on fired Blackwater employee

Chairman of House oversight panel wants to know what the State Department did to alert the Pentagon to 2006 shooting incident.

Waxman says Rice headed for 'confrontation' with panel

The oversight committee chairman is upset over the State Department’s limited cooperation with a series of inquiries -- most recently into corruption levels in Iraq.

Despite Bush stance, Senate continues adding to spending

Appropriations bills are caught up in stalemate between President Bush and Congress, with Democrats proposing $23 billion more than Bush requested.

SBA claims progress on women-owned business program

Small business advocates say they have yet to see the details of a regulatory proposal the agency is circulating, and urge legislation to speed up implementation.

House backs expansion of law governing wartime contractors

Measure would broaden the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act, and create FBI unit to investigate criminal action by contractors in war zones.

Former building security contractor pleads guilty to bribery

Ex-GSA contracting officer also charged in connection with the scheme, for allegedly accepting more than $100,000 in bribes.