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Blackwater executive to testify before House panel

Oversight hearing will focus on the role of private security contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Dems lay groundwork for challenging Bush over vetoes

Senate majority leader says he intends to send President Bush three spending bills in the coming weeks and “see what he does with them.”

House Dems weigh delay for extra war funding

Democrats are frustrated by impasse on overall spending levels for fiscal 2008, and the lack of specificity in the White House’s amended war budget.

Panelists say bias a barrier for minority-owned contractors

A lack of accountability, contract bundling and preferences for Alaska native firms are also cited as obstacles facing small companies seeking federal work.

Bill unveiled to address ‘nightmare’ of Iraqi refugees

Legislation would require the Homeland Security and State departments to expedite processing and streamline screening.

State Department accused of stonewalling congressional panel

Agency is hindering investigations into corruption in Iraq and the controversial security firm Blackwater USA, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., says.

FDA official says agency needs more policing power

Position differs from that in proposal from presidential advisory group, which stayed within the framework of the agency’s current resources and authorities.

Arbitrator rules for union in dispute with IRS

Management rights don’t outweigh the need to bargain, arbitrator finds.

House passes stopgap funding bill to keep agencies open

Maneuvering for language condemning recent ad by anti-war group comes amid partisan rhetoric over slow progress on annual spending bills.

Talks under way on hearing for attorney general nominee

Despite uncertainty over whether a senator’s concerns will be addressed, there appears to be a growing expectation that the nomination will be considered.