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The midterms were partly a referendum on the party in power, partly a plunge after Democrats’ back-to-back surges in 2006 and 2008, and partly a search for political balance.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz opposes proposals to cut back to five-day delivery.

Amid changes on Capitol Hill, Postal Service faces uncertain future

Concerns about job cuts and retiree benefits remain as leaders vow reforms.

Watchdog calls for reform of Justice travel policies

Review of U.S. attorneys’ expenses finds inconsistent policies and poor oversight are partially to blame for abuses.

Gates: U.S. would consider staying in Iraq beyond 2011

Request "clearly needs to come from the Iraqis," Defense chief says.

On '60 Minutes,' Obama is contrite but confident

Obama expresses some regrets about his first two years as president, but also shows optimism about working with Republican leaders.

President Obama will include the winner in his fiscal 2012 budget.

Administration announces finalists in cost-cutting contest

Four proposals to boost efficiency put to public vote.

Research group offers federal cost-saving proposals

IBM Center says government can free up $1 trillion by adopting commercial best practices.

Pentagon needs rationale for hiring civilian leaders, GAO says

Consistent documentation of reviews of war zone workforce should be reported to Congress, auditors concluded.

From Nextgov.com: Agencies slow to respond to requests for contractor data

Some have refused FOIA requests to disclose ratings information.

Lewis blasts Senate GOP's rumored omnibus

Move could signal a rift between Republican purists and pragmatists.

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