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House votes down effort to deny step increases; passes spending bill

Move sets up a Senate showdown over 2011 funding -- and possible government shutdown.

OMB's Jeff Zients co-authored the memo.

Administration says it will expand opportunities for senior executives

Top civil servants will have to do more with less now, but officials promise career development.

Federal performance chief: It's about managing missions, metrics

National Journal interviews Jeffrey Zients, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget.

Interior, oil industry cope with strained relationship

One area of disagreement is whether more money is needed to ensure offshore drilling permits are issued in a timely manner.

GOP senator: Obama budget gap shows 'gradual retreat' on nuclear updates

Lindsey Graham says cuts to intercontinental ballistic missile study could be a harbinger of administration's strategy.

Marine Corps chief closely watching F-35

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has imposed a two-year probation on the Corps's struggling variant of the multiservice stealth fighter.

Analysis: Beware of expanding the powers of inspectors general

The Justice Department is better qualified to steer IGs’ actions, to use subpoenas and to file charges.

Despite flaws, bid protest system offers transparency, integrity, and accountability, says Ralph White of GAO.

Bid protests breed uncertainty

Challenges of contract awards are on the rise, making for precarious procurement terrain inside government and out.

Gulf drilling dispute hits another Obama nominee

Landrieu and Vitter support a hold on Fish and Wildlife Service nominee; OMB director's confirmation was delayed over similar issues.

United States has to look to others for help in space

Military must work with the commercial sector, other government agencies and other nations to acquire necessary security assets, officials say.