A few items that caught our attention today:

(J. Scott Applewhite/AP) (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Congress will have ‘greater appetite’ for ending sequester in October: With the changing of the leaves should come a change in attitude about the automatic spending cuts. That’s according Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), whose state has one of the highest concentrations of federal workers in the nation. He said during a town hall meeting at Fort Meade that lawmakers are hearing real concerns about the reductions, including “not just personal stories, but mission problems across the country.” More details about Cardin’s remarks are available in a recent Government Executive article.

Finally, some answers on Eric Holder’s New Zealand trip: The Justice Department had declined to provide names of staffers that accompanied the attorney general on the week-long trip, which included a stop in Hawaii. But In the Loop obtained the information through a FOIA request. Find out the details in columnist Al Kamen’s follow-up article.

GSA examining .gov outages: The Web sites went dark for a few hours Wednesday, prompting the Government Services Administration, which oversees the registry for .gov domains for the federal government, to look into the matter. Details of the outage and the review are available in a Federal Times article.

Defense Department’s “sprints” toward IT acquisition involve risks: Officials from the Defense Information Systems Agency said they’re just fine with that if it means the department becomes more agile with troubleshooting, according to a Federal News Radio article.

OPM updates regs for “3 Rs” of human resources: The Office of Personnel Management has revised its regulations for relocation, retention and recruitment of federal employees. One new rule: Workers will have to establish residence in their new geographic areas in order to receive relocation benefits. Federal News Radio has a summary of the new guidelines.

Mitch McConnell is okay with a handful of Obamacare provisions: The Senate majority leader said he doesn’t hate everything about the president’s signature healthcare law after all, according to In the Loop.

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