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Budget chief: Cutting deficit requires novel ideas

Peter Orszag says passage of healthcare reform puts the country on the right path.

OPM chief John Berry is trying to make federal hiring more efficient.

OPM launches tool to cut red tape in hiring

Shared databases would shorten hiring process for certain jobs and eliminate duplicative applications.

Whistleblower protection agency stuck in neutral

Office of Special Counsel soon will be 18 months without a permanent Senate-confirmed leader.

Council OKs agencies’ labor-management plans

National panel approves more than half of 45 proposals submitted on improving relations between unions, agency leaders.

Jeffrey Zients is spearheading the effort.

Performance czar asks agencies to spruce up spending data

Memo will help the Obama administration collect more complete and more accurate information.

From Nextgov.com: Agencies’ open government plans receive mostly positive reviews

Those posted by Health and Human Services, Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency are praised for specificity, while critics say others are too vague.

GSA invests $4 billion in greener federal buildings

Agency awards more than 500 companies Recovery Act contracts to make government facilities more efficient.

Energy chief: Don't 'linger' over Yucca decision

Steven Chu says he wants to "move into the future" and that he will not allow congressional resistance to derail plans to abort the nuclear waste repository.

Sweet and Simple

Now it’s the Republicans who risk being seen as dwelling obsessively on health care.

Report calls compromise cornerstone to hiring reform

Government and industry leaders warn against viewing IT and regulatory change as panacea to recruiting challenges.