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Grants, missile defense hit hardest in DoD S&T budget request

Overall funding for the Defense Department's science and technology budget would see about a $500 million reduction in the president's fiscal 2015 budget request, with grants and missile defense bearing the brunt of the cut, says a DoD official.

About 40 percent of DoD contracts in fiscal 2013 were noncompetitive

About 40 percent of all contracts awarded by the Defense Department in fiscal 2013 were through noncompetitive contracts, says an April 16 Government Accountability Office report. With those contracts, the DoD tends to bundle them under a class justifcation rather than justifying why there was no competition for each contract, the report says.

IRS helping a million fewer taxpayers at assistance centers in 2014, TIGTA says

The Internal Revenue Service is projected to help almost a million fewer taxpayers this filing season at tax assistance centers than it did last year because of budget cuts, says a recently released Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report.

New OIRA meetings database eases user search

The White House office charged with reviewing draft federal regulations has made it easier to search and sort records of its meetings with lobbyists and trade associations.

Brennan Center pushes for more executive action when Congress fails to act

President Obama could go farther in wielding executive power to push through policies that don't make it through Congress, says an April 15 Brennan Center for Justice report. "Bold executive action can help unstick some of the very gridlock that plagues government," says Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center and former Bill Clinton speechwriter.

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