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Senate Panel to Consider Report on War Contract Waste

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will meet Wednesday to consider a recent report on wasteful spending in contracts for the wars in Afghanistan in Iraq. In a 240-page report released in August, the Commission on Wartime Contracting detailed between $31 billion and $60 billion in waste, including …

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White House Report Claims Data.gov Portal is Working

The White House has responded to critics of its open government initiatives by releasing a status report, claiming it has made progress in informing the public. In its 34-page report, the White House acknowledged it needs to do more work in creating a more open government, but hit back at …

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WH Deficit Plan Modifies Tricare, Current Service Members Unaffected

The White House’s deficit reduction proposal calls for increases in Tricare pharmacy co-pays for military beneficiaries and includes charging an enrollment fee for older retirees using Tricare for Life benefits. However, any changes in benefits for military retirees would not happen immediately. Another commission will study the issue before changes are …

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Ex-SEC Lawyer on Madoff Case Should Face Probe, Watchdog Says

A former Securities and Exchange Commission lawyer who handled Bernard Madoff’s legal matters for the agency should face a criminal investigation, the SEC’s top watchdog said Tuesday. Recently, it was revealed David Becker, formerly SEC general counsel, was allowed to work on the Madoff case despite inheriting profits by liquidating …

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OGE Rule Would Ban Lobbyist Gifts to Fed Workers

A proposed rule from the Office of Government Ethics would require federal employees to refuse all gifts from lobbyists and lobbying firms. The OGE released the rule for comment in the Sept. 13 Federal Register, extending the rule to employees not considered political appointees. Under current policy, federal employees cannot …

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Labor Dept., IRS to Crack Down on Misclassifying Employees

The Labor Department has signed agreements with the Internal Revenue Service and nine states in an effort to crack down on the business practice of misclassifying employees to avoid paying benefits and taxes. According to a release issued Monday, the Labor Department will share information and coordinate law enforcement with …

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Pentagon, DHS Probe Expanding Sharing of Cyber Threat Intel with Contractors

The Defense Department plans to expand the sharing of classified cyber threat intelligence between the Pentagon and certain contracting firms to better secure commercial networks used for military purposes, Pentagon officials said. A test program, which ran from May 9 through Sept. 15, prevented hundreds of attempted breaches at 20 participating industrial defense firms, officials …

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