Defense measure is expected to pass by a wide margin.
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Experienced management consultant also will serve as the first-ever chief performance officer.
When Bush holdovers are excluded, white men make up just under half of the people filling senior posts in the administration.
The administration hopes to forge relationships with lawmakers by seeding departments with Hill aides.
Senator says he is convinced the administration followed "both the spirit and the letter of the law" in notifying Congress about the dismissal of Gerald Walpin.
Lawmakers approve $64.4 billion appropriations measure after taking a record-breaking 53 votes in one day.
Bill includes $79.9 billion for the wars Afghanistan and Iraq and $10.4 billion for the State Department and foreign operations.
ICE and ATF don’t coordinate operations or collect and analyze data effectively, watchdog says.
Labor Department is ill-equipped to monitor 1941 act designed for smaller-scale operations, witnesses tell a House subcommittee.
Bill exempts four types of legislation from offsets, including middle class tax cuts and the estate tax.