Obama-picked MacFarlane will lead the troubled commission until July 2013.
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Federal government says key elements are on schedule.
Justice Department official had said he would not take any action to prosecute attorney general.
Employees can take unscheduled leave or telework.
Homelessness advocacy group opposes plan to bypass 25-year-old law.
Al Armendariz will help the group's campaign against coal.
Sebelius calls for end to political fights and offers states flexibility to create exchanges.
Three mortuary workers receive award for speaking out on misconduct.
OMB objects to ‘a permanent pay freeze.’
Seventeen Democrats and 2 Republicans break with their parties.