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Gates: Avoiding talk of cuts is 'managerial cowardice'

Outgoing Defense head says the military must determine what is essential -- and then be honest about the consequences of cuts.

OMB launches pilot projects to crack down on improper payments

Federal agencies will work with state and local communities to prevent and recover erroneous payments.

Cartwright said to be passed over for top military post

The general did not actively lobby for the chairman's job but would have been happy to undertake the post, friends say.


Federal intelligence workforce must shed jobs, experts say

After a decade of hiring growth, budget realities now mean the intelligence community will have to downsize, a task force says.

Obama orders shift to alternate fuel vehicles in federal fleet

By the end of 2015, all new vehicles must be hybrid or electric, or run on compressed natural gas or biofuel.

Nuclear industry faces regulatory setback

NRC will delay approval of the most popular reactor design.

Pentagon moves on new long-range bomber

Three contractors are expected to battle for the $55 billion order.

Open information may mean more errors get published

Agencies feel pressure to rush out lightly vetted data on such websites as the Obama administration’s Data.gov, specialists say.

Senator suggests new member for ‘Gang of Six’ budget negotiators

Kirk nominates Ohio's Portman to replace Coburn, who quit the group earlier this week.

Nuclear agency releases strategic plan for next decade

Nonproliferation and modernization of arsenal top list of priorities.