The Oct. 11 debate in Kentucky will be key.
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As House budget chair, he has pushed plans to cut the federal workforce, freeze pay and trim benefits.
Paul Ryan has quickly developed strong rapport with presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney.
House Budget Committee leader says his Capitol Hill experience will complement Romney's executive background.
Ombudsman will educate employees and shield them from retaliation.
Elections will test whether citizens actually want a smaller federal footprint.
Administration recommends focus groups or Web-based feedback.
Fraud scheme cost the government more than $500,000.
Members back off speculation that employees would book a presidential suite in Nashville, but don’t apologize.
Comment could point to Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, author of the GOP budget plan.