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Military construction-VA spending bill sails through Senate panel

Measure includes $76.7 billion in discretionary spending, an amount that is $439.1 million above President Obama's request.

Lawmakers, watchdog question effects of stimulus

Government Accountability Office says funds have helped states stave off short-term fiscal woes, but critics doubt job creation claims.

Rolling the Dice

House vote on the climate bill hints at potential trouble in the Senate -- and for some Democrats in 2010.

Senate approves Legislative Branch bill, moves to Homeland Security

The $3.1 billion spending measure is the first fiscal 2010 appropriations bill the chamber has approved this year.

GAO: Costs of Coast Guard modernization to soar by $2 billion

Projected costs have jumped from $24.2 billion to $26.3 billion, and could increase further, analyst tells lawmakers.

Groups warn against reinventing the wheel on management reform

Administration should build on existing frameworks for evaluating the performance of programs, report says.

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Pay and benefits legislation awaits lawmakers

Congress could vote on several measures before August recess that would affect federal pay raise, retirement and leave.

From Nextgov.com: Nurse files privacy suit against IT sections in stimulus spending law

Beatrice Heghmann alleges billions of dollars earmarked for creating electronic health records put personal data 'a mouse-click away from . . . an intruder.'

Republican lawmaker seeks to post Senate expenses

Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn wants to make it easier for the public to examine staff salaries, travel and administrative costs.

Report proposes conservation overhaul

Former officials recommend Interior Department fund be turned into an independent trust paid for by royalties from energy development on public lands.