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Omnibus Bill Conference Today on Hill, Goal is Compromise

A House-Senate conference on the year-end omnibus spending package is convening today, according The Hill newspaper. Democratic and Republican lawmakers are meeting to discuss and come to a compromise on a piece the funding bill, which primarily covers military construction and the Department of Veterans Affairs. It could turn into …

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Report: Sequestration Cuts Not Included in Pentagon Budget Draft

The Defense Department has submitted a draft budget plan to President Obama that includes the $450 billion in cuts required from the debt ceiling compromise, according to Bloomberg. It does not include the additional $600 billion cuts by sequestration that are mandated by the supercommittee’s failure to reach an agreement …

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Senate Bill Moves Up Pentagon Audit Deadline

In mid-October, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told the House Armed Services Committee he wanted the Pentagon to be ready for an audit by 2014, three years earlier than the deadline mandated by Congress. Later in a memo to Pentagon comptroller Robert Hale Panetta ordered the department’s statement of budgetary resources …

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Senate to Try ‘Omnibus’ Approach on Funding Bill

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill had to pass another stopgap funding measure before Thanksgiving, but had one measure of budget success as they passed a “minibus” bill to fund several Cabinet departments and agencies. Now Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will try a similar approach but on a bigger scale. …

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GAO Report Finds Federal IT Acquisition to be Successful

  The Hill.com recently reported on the Government Accountability Office‘s federal IT acquisition report. Some of the findings include adequate funding, staff expertise and engagement from all stakeholders being among the critical factors common to most successful federal technology projects. The Hill says the traditional federal technology acquisition process has …

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Congress Racing To Avoid Govt. Shutdown, Again

With time running out until the federal government is forced to a halt after the plug on its funding is pulled, lawmakers in the House and Senate are scrambling to pass appropriations bills before the Nov. 18 deadline. With four days left, lawmakers have yet to agree on legislation regarding …

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Senate Narrowly Votes to Keep Net Neutrality in Place

Net neutrality regulations, designed to prevent Internet service providers from prioritizing traffic, will remain on the books for the time being. By a narrow 52-46 vote, the Senate overturned a largely-Republican sponsored “resolution of disapproval” of the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules. The vote was symbolic, according to a …

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