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Expanding mission of State’s Diplomatic Security Bureau concerns lawmakers, GAO

With bigger role and more dangerous posts, security service struggles to balance reliance on contractors.

Obama's Dec. 9 order is similar to a Clinton mandate.

Obama creates labor-management council

The executive order does not include expanded bargaining power favored by unions.

A Loyal Following

Obama’s backers are dogged in their support of him.

House may move soon on first of two omnibus measures

Package is expected to be attached to Transportation-HUD spending legislation and to include five other non-defense appropriations bills.

GOP senators: $7 billion wasted in stimulus

Sen. John McCain blames insufficient provisions for oversight, cost control and competition.

Indian trust fund lawsuit settlement proposed

Deal would set up a $2 billion fund to consolidate tribal and individual lands which may have hundreds of owners with fractional ownership interests.

SBA braces for flood of feedback on 8(a) rule changes

About 200 people are expected to attend Washington meetings on a proposal that would change requirements for Alaska native firms and others.

OMB chief Peter Orszag issued the memo on behalf of President Obama.

Open government directive sets tight deadlines

Agencies must deliver on several initiatives in key Obama administration effort.

Forward Observer: Back To Tit For Tat

Al-Qaeda and the Taliban will respond sooner or later to Obama's surge, much like the Vietcong did during the escalation of the Vietnam War.

Managers are unsure government can handle expanded health care role

Survey respondents expect legislation will mean increased responsibility, but aren’t confident federal agencies are up to the challenge.