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Obama signed an Executive Order to cut waste and promote efficient spending in 2011.

Ryan Budget Would Mimic Obama’s Anti-Waste Campaign

Large-scale policy proposals accompanied by bids to curb duplication, improper payments.

Why Politicians Need to Beware of the Meme

In this rapid online environment, attention spans are short. Push jokes too often and you run the risk of looking lame.

Analysis: What History Tells Us About Obama’s Second Term

Past patterns offer insights into future politics -- and the upcoming “six-year-itch” election.

White House press secretary Jay Carney talks to reporters during regular press briefings at the White House.

The Art of Denying Cabinet Rumors

Jay Carney bats away questions about potential nominees with an oft-repeated phrase.

The Real Budget Battle

In Washington, all financial skirmishes lead to the same place.

Acting Secretary of Labor Seth D. Harris

Labor Department Sends 4,700 Furlough Notices

Department still looking for alternative “efficiencies and economies,” spokesman tells Federal Times.

The Sistine Chapel is prepared for the Papal Conclave, set to begin this week.

Why Papal and Presidential Elections Can Be Hellishly Depressing

From the Vatican to Washington, what can we do about the failure of powerful institutions?

Some Lawmakers Gave Staff Bonuses as Fiscal Cliff Loomed

Cash perks acknowledged increased workloads amid downsizing, CNN told.

Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Thomas E. Perez

Civil Rights Official Reportedly Chosen as Labor Secretary

Current head of Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division would likely please Latinos, unions.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel greets U.S. Army troops on the tarmac of Kabul airport in Afghanistan.

Chuck Hagel's First Afghanistan Trip Got Off to a Scary Start

Two separate suicide bomb attacks greeted the newly confirmed Defense Secretary.