Deal reached to avert shutdown with only hours to spare

A late-night deal avoided a partial government shutdown, the fifth such occasion this year.

Contractor tax repeal advances

The House approves a repeal of the 3 percent withholding tax on contractors. Next up: a Senate vote.

Bill would restrict DHS contracting, impose limited hiring freeze

The measure would stop DHS from using cost-reimbursement contracts for production of major systems.

White House throws some cybersecurity policy control to Congress

Officials want fast implementation of eventual cybersecurity legislation.

Legislation would limit government tracking of mobile devices

A measure seeks to clarify when the government can intercept location data coming from mobile devices that include cell phones, Wi-Fi-equipped laptops and vehicle navigation units.

House panel proposes steep funding cuts for agencies

The House Appropriations Committee has mapped out its spending blueprint, including proposing double-digit cuts for some federal agencies.

Government reorganization taking first steps

The White House's plan to substantially reorganize the federal government is in its earliest stage, and still needs Congressional approval.

Agency performance bill falls short in House

A bill to improve the tracking of federal agency performance didn’t get enough votes to pass.

Senate passes bill to improve agency performance

The Senate has passed legislation that would require federal agencies to set measurable performance goals and improve coordination to avoid duplication.

E-voting system failures lead to call for public clearinghouse

A new report calls for creating a national public searchable database of electronic voting systems' defects and vulnerabilities.

Senators seek Obama's advice, consent on cybersecurity legislation

The leaders of several Senate committees want President Barack Obama to weigh in on details of proposed cybersecurity legislation as they push to reconcile various measures.

Lawmaker urges Obama to appoint cybersecurity coordinator

President Barack Obama should quickly appoint a cybersecurity coordinator to ensure computer defense efforts are coordinated, a House member who oversees cybersecurity programs said today.

Stop-gap funding measure allows more time for appropriations negotiations

The legislation has $4.65 billion for the operations of Congress, GAO, the Congressional Budget Office and other federal organizations.

Federal future cloudy for Microsoft Word

Agencies are wondering how a court's ruling banning Microsoft from selling Word will affect their procurement plans.

Auditors hit HUD, immigration services

USCIS and HUD were scolded for gaps in IT management, but USCIS hit back.

Hathaway's departure renews worries about cyberczar vacancy

The resignation of Melissa Hathaway, the Obama administration’s acting senior director for cyberspace, has brought renewed scrutiny on the administration's effort to secure the online world.

Agencies play by different rules on contractor award fees, says GAO

Federal agencies are not being consistent in how they distribute contractor award fees, according to a senior GAO official.