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Defense revises rule on contractor business systems

New proposal lowers the amount the government can withhold from contractors that don’t do enough to protect against waste, fraud and abuse.

Federal oil rig inspectors hit for lapses preceding BP spill

Presidential commission slams out-of-date training and coziness with industry as Interior regulators reorganize and prepare reforms.

Deficit commission finds a few more cuts to make

Homeland Security grant programs and international broadcast operations added to a list of more than $200 billion in proposed cuts the panel is fine-tuning.

McKeon insists on hearing from the military on ‘don’t ask’

Presumptive House Armed Services chairman says he wants to hear from the chiefs of the military services and field commanders on repealing ban.

House looks to pass full fiscal year CR

Senate will either attach an omnibus spending bill, or adopt longer-term continuing resolution to keep government running.

Marine Corps, Army chiefs oppose ending 'don't ask' this year

Leaders say ending the ban on openly gay troops now would distract forces from combat training and operations.

Consumer complaint website will test wisdom of crowds

Agency approval of a March 2011 launch of online tool for reports on harmful products promises unprecedented information, risk of defamation.

Commission sets stage for 2011 budget debate

Panel co-chairmen expect House spending blueprint to include many of their recommendations.

WikiLeaks did 'significant damage' to diplomacy, State official says

State's assessment of disclosure of classified cables differs starkly from comments made by Defense secretary.

Gates warns against gambling on 'don't ask' repeal

Delaying a vote until after the lame duck session could mean the courts decide the issue, Defense secretary says.