Losses of $3.3 billion come during what is typically the strongest time of year due to holiday mail volume.
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Groups applaud protection of employees who report abuse by contractors.
The Obama administration's fiscal 2013 budget is already rolling off the presses at the Government Printing Office, in preparation for it's official release on Tuesday.
Reduction in diplomatic personnel will be modest, spokeswoman says.
Lawmakers and agency officials tackle the issue of reducing mistaken payments to the recently deceased.
The group also is tracking who is in charge of nominating an IG.
With data and analytics, agencies can put together winning programs on a shoestring.
As snow approached Wednesday, OPM said agencies would remain open.
Conservative challenger upends front-runner in contests in Missouri, Colorado and Minnesota.
Driven leaders can make government work better, even when budgets are tight.