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Obey answers GOP skeptics, plans markup next week

House Appropriations Committee is expected to consider the top-line funding levels for all 12 annual spending bills.

Some names to lead Consumer Bureau start to circulate

Harvard University law professor Elizabeth Warren appears to be the frontrunner.

White House touts advanced vehicle technology investment

Energy report shows federal funding for electric battery research yields economic dividends.

Administration cites progress reining in procurement costs

Contract spending increased by 4 percent in fiscal 2009, a considerably lower growth rate than in prior years.

From Nextgov.com: NASA announces contests to unearth technological advances

Winners will receive millions of dollars in prize money for developing innovations in satellite launch technology, energy storage and robotics.

“We must eliminate real and perceived conflicts within the organization,” said Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

Interior submits MMS reorganization plan to Congress

Restructuring aims to eliminate conflicts of interest in offshore energy management.

Senator: Budget enforcement package possible

The House passed a measure earlier this month capping discretionary spending for fiscal 2011 at $1.121 trillion.

Panel passes bill to reform oil, gas leasing

Measure would split the troubled Minerals Management Service into three entities so that leasing, oversight and revenue-collection operations would be separate.

Waste and fraud still plague Medicare, but oversight is improving, officials say

CMS identified more than $1 billion in improper payments between 2005 and 2008.