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Panel told State Department lacks plan to fight Iraq corruption

U.S. efforts to build up the Iraqi government's capacity are hindered by a lack of coordination, GAO chief and inspector general say.

Investigators probe whether HUD chief steered contract

At issue is whether Alphonso Jackson lined up work at the Housing Authority of New Orleans for a friend.

Game plans for spending bills become clearer

Democrats will use the pre-Thanksgiving period to send Bush domestic appropriations measures, saving emergency war funding for next year.

House backs stronger requirements for contract building guards

Measure would prohibit the Federal Protective Service from hiring companies owned or operated by convicted felons.

Army to consolidate environmental contracts

Critics are concerned that the overhaul will make it more difficult to address local environmental concerns.

Whining Won’t Help

Criticism that National Republican Congressional Committee leaders are too optimistic and not aggressive enough may be misplaced.

Labor-HHS spending bill might be next in clash with White House

Tactic assumes the bill is a political winner, even if Democrats lack the votes to override a veto.

Watchdog criticizes State Department foreign aid staffing

Training is inconsistent, data to track aid workers is inadequate, and some employees are overstretched, GAO says.

Blackwater Chief Executive Erik Prince testifies Tuesday.

Legislators explore gray areas in security contractor oversight

Panel members question Blackwater executive's claim that companies already are covered under a variety of statutes.

NASA’s role revisited at 50-year mark

Former employee says the agency should look at novel ways to fund its activities and involve the public.