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Budget plan touches only the surface of long-term fiscal issues

By 2040, interest on the debt could reach about 15 percent of gross domestic product.

Budget proposal includes 2.6 percent increase for IT

Number of technology investments rated as well-planned and managed drops.

Bush plan aims to return to budget surplus by 2012

Democrats are skeptical, saying proposal relies on misguided policies including tax cut extensions and cuts in domestic programs.

President proposes cuts to 141 programs

Nonsecurity spending would go up 1 percent in fiscal 2008.

More money, end of fee diversion sought for patent agency

In fiscal 2008, the agency anticipates hiring an additional 1,200 patent examiners and plans to continue expanding telework efforts.

Unfinished spending measure complicates release of fiscal 2008 budget

OMB official discusses complexities, says confrontations over the new budget may be more public with Democrats in control of Congress.

Freshman Missouri senator sets out to tackle government waste

Sen. Claire McCaskill, a former state auditor, says her office will pay close attention to Government Accountability Office reports.

Spending bill highlights appropriators’ IT priorities

A few key IT projects receive line items in bill to keep agencies running through the rest of the fiscal year.

Senators criticize HHS over security of health data

Panel focuses on health IT privacy matters related to the Office of Personnel Management's benefits program for federal employees.

Split GOP helps House pass long-term spending measure

Bill now moves to the Senate, where Democrats have a tougher task in obtaining the necessary 60 votes to cut off debate and pass it.