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Closing In

The contest for the GOP presidential nomination is tightening, with John McCain gaining on Rudy Giuliani.

Senators look to protect NIH from budget cuts

Leaders of appropriations subcommittee are seeking to restore as much as possible of $328 million in proposed cuts.

SBA study shows perils of analyzing small business contracts

Reviewers ran into conflicting and unreliable data in preparing report on small firms' performance in outsourcing contests.

Oversight of Iraq reconstruction winding down

IG office will publish investigations of key companies and government contracting operations before closing shop at the end of 2008.

David Walker says discontent over changes stems from transition to new kind of compensation system.

Lawmakers grill GAO chief over pay decisions

Analyst says compensation study had "significant" flaws.

John McCain during a May 3 presidential debate.

McCain pledges to reorganize federal workforce

GOP presidential hopeful says he'll devote "necessary resources" to making sure "government pay scales allow us to attract the finest public servants."

Top contractors sink deeper into trouble with Coast Guard

Service is revoking decision to accept 123-foot patrol boats from Lockheed Martin-Northrop Grumman team.

Dems’ 2008 budget plan passes, previews tough choices

White House opposes $21 billion increase in domestic spending the budget allots, has threatened to veto bills exceeding $933 billion request.

Appeals court allows Pentagon to limit collective bargaining

Labor unions argue that one judge's strong dissent may merit a full court review of the decision upholding the Defense Department's new personnel system.

Panel backs security grants, cuts modernization aid

Appropriators vote to provide about $700 million for the Coast Guard's fleet upgrade program, about $450 million less than current levels.