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GAO: Navy needs more contracting discipline

Bad procurement decisions hurt development of new Navy SEAL vessel, reviewers say.

FEMA gives lawmakers list of nearly 4,000 sole-source contracts

Time period covered and value of the work unclear; House appropriators have written legislation prompting more competition.

Agencies urge legislation to ease disposal of excess property

Witnesses agree uniform incentives and tools are needed; one proposal would allow agencies to keep a portion of the proceeds from sales.

Defense purchases of services rise sharply

GAO auditors say competition and contract oversight are important to secure best deals for the Pentagon.

Lawyer for GSA chief argues investigative agency is biased

Agency should “disapprove” draft report concluding Lurita Doan violated the Hatch Act, attorney says.

OPM pushes Homeland Security to move on pay for performance

Department has made progress on personnel reforms, but should begin basing pay on quality of work, report says.

Senate panel moves to scale back Pentagon personnel system

Armed Services Committee votes to repeal portions of the Pentagon's personnel system, amid rigorous lobbying from federal labor unions.

Early special counsel report pushed punishment for GSA chief

Later version softened the edge, leaving it to President Bush to determine how to handle alleged Hatch Act violations.

Union criticizes report backing NASA workforce flexibilities

Group charges that until the agency receives more funding, its missions and workforce remain at risk.

NASA official grilled on destruction of meeting videos

General counsel says he broke DVDs to prevent them from becoming public records.