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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.

Contractor tax provision forces agencies to change financial systems

USDA exec says implementing law passed last year will require “substantial modifications” to the agency’s systems.

Panel criticizes State Department for failure to rein in Blackwater

House committee says Blackwater has reported more shooting incidents than two other protective services contractors combined.

Pending procurement reform provisions concern industry

Contractor representatives say certain legislative language could make doing business with government burdensome.

White House threatens to veto bill on IG independence

Measure contains language that would infringe on the president’s responsibility to supervise the executive branch officers, administration argues.

Staff at the Federal Correctional Complex in Pollock, La., go through riot training.

Union urges Congress to address staff shortages at prisons

Budget and staffing issues have put the security of federal correctional officers at risk, labor officials say.

'Buy American' dispute stalls delivery of 1,000 military trucks

Champion of restrictions says the Army is not interpreting new limits on metals from foreign suppliers correctly, and could get a temporary waiver.

Steady funding, staffing urged for executive boards

Groups can play a key role in crisis, but support and expectations need to be clear, panelists say at hearing.

Deputy Secretary Gordon England gets an additional title.

Critics not satisfied by naming of Pentagon management chief

Proponents of the position say it needs to be occupied by an official who can give it his or her full attention.