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Death Wish?

Republicans pushing to revamp Medicare could find themselves voted out of office in the next election.

What's in the spending bill?

Labor, health, and education programs were cut by $5.5 billion; Defense got a raise.

Budget cutting a difficult task

Composition of cuts in budget agreement shows the difficulties of reducing spending for the White House and Congress.

Van Hollen rips Ryan budget

Maryland House member gives few details of Dems' alternative but vows to restore Clinton-era tax rates.

Federal performance officers stretched too thin, study says

PIOs don’t have adequate resources or time to identify poor-performing employees, report finds.

House Speaker John Boehner could see opposition  to the deal from conservatives

Budget deal faces one last hurdle

Lawmakers still have to formally vote on handshake agreement reached at midnight Friday to fund agencies for the rest of fiscal 2011.

Lawmaker proposes extending probation for new federal employees

Rep. Ross would double current one-year period and define performance criteria more precisely.

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Drug cartels seek to exploit corrupt federal agents

Homeland Security has enough challenges in border enforcement without officers taking bribes.

Legislation would reorganize Federal Acquisition Institute

Bipartisan bill has FAI reporting directly to the Office of Federal Procurement Policy.

Political insiders view shutdown as likely

As of Thursday afternoon, Capitol Hill operatives think both sides still had reason to hold their ground.