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Then presidential candidate Ben Carson speaks during a campaign event at the University of Iowa in January.

Trump Taps Ben Carson for HUD Secretary

If confirmed, the retired neurosurgeon would lead a mid-size agency with an increasingly vital mission.

Only Long-Term Planning Can Counter Short-Term Thinking

Agency plans tend to be designed around the four-year election cycle, but the most important challenges require a much longer time horizon.

‘Catastrophic’ Power Outage Nearly Destroyed MSPB’s Electronic Records System

A newly released report shows how devastating a June 2015 incident was to the Merit System Protection Board.

15 Tweaks to Your Daily Routine that Can Make You Smarter, Healthier and More Sane

These are some newly adopted habits that can help you live you best live in 2016.

Somali government security forces hunt for al-Shabaab suspects in 2012.

Obama is Quietly Expanding the War on Terror in Africa While the World is Distracted by Trump

If congress doesn’t become more assertive, future presidents are likely to head into even murkier legal terrain.

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, is said to be one of the lawmakers instrumental in persuading conferees to drop the provision.

Transparency Groups Hail Removal of FOIA Exceptions in Defense Bill

Critics had said Pentagon would have shielded documents on torture, sexual assault.

A Gingrich Commission to Reorganize Government?

A modest proposal for a new role for the former House speaker.

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., is one of the senators making the request.

Lawmakers Ask Obama to Freeze Hiring Until Trump Arrives

Republican senators warn against “burrowing in” and new career hires who won’t help execute the next administration’s policies.

Leon Panetta, former budget director under President Clinton, said: “It helps if it’s one son-of-a-bitch, who knows the numbers and the budget and the implications.” 

What Should Trump Seek in a Budget Director?

A good relationship with the president is key, former budget directors say.

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