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Report portrays SSA contract security guards as Keystone Kops

Inspector general auditors discovered guards on hourlong telephone calls, watching TV and absent from their posts.

Reid aims for Tuesday test votes on GOP, Dem spending measures

Majority leader does not expect House-passed bill containing Republican spending cuts to pass.

Battles over employee bargaining rights escalate

Wisconsin, it seems, is just the beginning.

Fight over future of Saturday mail delivery continues

Resolution calls on USPS to preserve current schedule as agency faces growing financial crisis.

Former Rep. Tom Davis: “Congress created the many-headed monster we bemoan.”

Lawmakers agree on getting rid of overlapping programs

But committee members differ on exactly where to begin responding to detailed report from GAO.


Shutdown threat abates -- for now

House, Senate reach agreement on two-week reprieve.

Senior lawmakers wary of nuclear agency budget increase

Obama budget would give agency a 5 percent funding hike to $11.8 billion.


Senate passes stopgap funding bill, averts shutdown

Two-week continuing resolution keeps government funded through March 18.

Administration seeks help in selling off excess federal buildings

Seven-member panel of experts would examine status of 14,000 vacant facilities and 55,000 underutilized buildings.

GOP leaders surprised by White House entry into budget-cutting talks

Vice President Biden will assume the role of lead Democratic negotiator.