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“The problem with the Republican conference is that it has a blind eye on defense spending,” said Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.

Drop commissaries, schools, beef jerky research and Klingon workshops

GOP senator would cut $68 billion in nonmission Pentagon programs.

Leadership Spotlight: Tyler Robinson of the Export-Import Bank

Shining a spotlight on emerging federal leaders.

Postal Service announces a record $16 billion loss in fiscal 2012

Agency claims solvency is possible, with congressional action.

The Capitol grounds had a temporary lawn ornament Wednesday as Oxfam America activists dressed as Senate and House leaders and danced around a giant, inflatable duck to ask the lame duck session of Congress to protect foreign aid programs.

Giant Duck Urges Lame Duck Congress to Avoid Fiscal Cliff

Comically large mallard urges congressional leaders not to “duck their responsibilities” during lame duck session.

How Can Good Management Help Avoid the Fiscal Cliff?

Reducing the cost of government programs through better management of program operations could play a significant role in the framework for a 10-year budget deal.

No honeymoon period ahead for Obama

At press conference, no time to savor solid victory and no claim to exaggerated mandate.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

Indecision on fiscal cliff tax provisions leaves IRS in limbo

Acting commissioner Miller warns alternative minimum tax hike would hit 60 million.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice

Obama strongly defends Susan Rice on Benghazi

Says he will choose her for secretary of State if he concludes she is best-suited for the job.

Obama seeks Romney's help on government reform

On the campaign trail, Romney pledged to consolidate and possibly eliminate whole agencies.

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe

USPS pension surplus looks much smaller than originally thought

Lower interest rates have led to a more than $8 billion drop off in excess funds.