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Unions are anxious for details of spending freeze

Employee organizations applaud overall message in State of the Union address, but raise some concerns about proposals to keep budgets in check.

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Budget likely will target agencies’ top performance goals

Objectives identified by agencies played role in cuts, increases to federal programs.

Reaction to Obama freeze proposal comes with caveats

Lawmakers express mixed feelings about effectiveness of president's plan to to freeze nonsecurity discretionary spending.

Obama is forced to adjust State of the Union goals

President is expected to focus on jobs and a new-found emphasis on fighting deficit spending in speech.

Director: NCTC has analyst shortage

Budget cuts targeting personnel at the counterterrorism center have been canceled in wake of attempted bombing on Christmas Day.

Vilsack names more key deputies

USDA secretary's new appointees do not require Senate confirmation.

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Obama calls for loan forgiveness for public service, transparency

But federal management issues play a small role in president’s first State of the Union address.

Obama to propose 'nuanced' spending freeze

Some agencies will see budgets go up, others down in overall proposal to cap nonsecurity discretionary spending.

Problems remain in Homeland Security oversight

Co-chairmen of the 9/11 Commission say "fractured and overlapping" congressional committee jurisdiction continues to be an issue.

Analysts: Defense budget likely to receive increased scrutiny

Long-term efforts to rein in the federal deficit will require taking a hard look at the Pentagon's spending, observers say.