House GOP Warns Agencies Against Accelerated Hiring in Anticipation of Trump's Freeze

Looming hiring moratorium does not permit skirting civil service laws, congressman says.

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IRS Shortchanges Taxpayers With Its Focus on Delinquents, Advocate Says

Nina Olson criticizes the current priority on enforcement over service.

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What Rex Tillerson's Confirmation Hearings Revealed

The State Department nominee's views diverged from the president-elect's in some areas.

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OPM chief says Obama personnel reforms will survive future administrations.

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The Perfectly Normal Ways Trump Can Enrich Himself as President

The president-elect's control over conventional economic policy could be worth more money than any conflict of interest.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary-designate Ben Carson testifies on Capitol Hill Thursday.

Dr. Ben Carson Wants to Pick The Brains of HUD Employees

Trump housing secretary nominee and retired neurosurgeon plans to do a lot of listening, if confirmed, he told senators.

Defense Secretary-designate James Mattis listens to a question during his confirmation hearing Thursday.

Trump’s Defense Secretary Pick Promises Efficiencies Among Civilian Workforce

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From left, NSA Director Adm. Michael Rogers, FBI Director James Comey, Director of the National Intelligence James Clapper, CIA Director John Brennan, and DIA Director Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart testify at a Senate hearing on Feb. 9, 2016.

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