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Women’s group requests hearing on SBA program

Advocates claim the agency is deliberately stalling a mandated program to help women-owned companies do more business with the government.

Administration says deficit at lowest level in five years

President Bush uses the news to call on Congress to exercise fiscal restraint and not raise taxes.

State Department downplays report of security contractor drawdown

Agency spokeswoman says it’s “premature to speculate” about major policy changes.

Fate of effort to block IRS private debt collection hinges on Senate

House expected to pass measure blocking outsourcing, but prospects in Senate are dimmer.

NRC reviewing application for new uranium recovery facility

The increase in applications expected as interest in nuclear power grows poses a serious management challenge for the commission.

House votes to halt debt collection outsourcing at IRS

Prospects for passage could be tougher in Senate; President Bush has threatened a veto.

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.