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House Panel Clears Bills in Hopes of Firing ‘Incompetent’ Execs, Record Manipulators

Democrats and advocacy group raise due process concerns.

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Central American Leaders Push Obama, Congress for Security Assistance

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Amid political paralysis over border security in Congress, the White House and DOD are forging ahead with Central American counterparts to address the crisis. By Molly O’Toole

The 11 Federal Low-Income Programs Paul Ryan Wants to Consolidate

Five agencies administer anti-poverty programs that comprise a big chunk of their budgets.

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How Can the U.S. Fix a 14,000-Case Backlog of Black-Lung-Stricken Miners?

Congressional leaders and labor officials convened this week to address a broken federal compensation program for miners with the disease.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Robert Menendez

Lawmakers Attack Obama Administration’s Strategy in Iraq

Members of Congress doubt Iraqi government can root out terrorists.

“NTIS has been trying to profit by selling documents that have little, if anything to do with scientific or technical information, like the Armed Forces Recipe Book,” Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.,  said.

Why Is This Commerce Department Agency Charging Other Agencies for Free Reports?

Lawmakers say the National Technical Information Service’s repository is a ripoff.

Rung said program managers and contracting officials “have a thankless job and rarely get the recognition they deserve.”

Procurement Chief Nominee Stresses Acquisition Training, Contractor Price Data

Sen. McCaskill elicits promise that OMB will improve communication with oversight panels.

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Five Games That Reveal Executive Function in Kids

Matching up cards and planning the next chess move can help develop a set of skills that may be more important for success than IQ points.

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio

Boehner: House Will Vote to Avoid Shutdown in September

The speaker promises a short-term CR that would kick big spending decisions to the lame-duck.

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Department of Veterans Affairs Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson

Expedited Firing Is VA Chief’s No. 1 Priority, But Bill to Allow That Is in Limbo

Divide over additional funding for the department threatens House-Senate conference negotiations.

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Being Powerful Distorts People's Perception of Time

With all the extra time they imagine they have, top execs tend to experience less stress than those lower down the ladder.

Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

How Much Does It Cost to Fix the VA?

Proposal to hire 10,000 new clinicians meets with skepticism on the Hill.

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