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Gates: No one but Petraeus could step in

There was only one general officer poised to take over quickly and help troops in Afghanistan maintain their focus, according to the Defense secretary.

Senate passes improper payment bill

Legislation would require agencies to identify and recover nearly $100 billion in mistaken payments.

From Nextgov.com: OMB launches website to publicly hold agencies accountable for improper payments

Error rates and amounts publicized on site ; Internet users encouraged to report fraud, waste or abuse.

Navy working to meet cost-cutting goals, admiral says

Officials are looking for redundancies in organizations and programs, according to chief of operations.

House Democrats trim budget by $7B

Budget chairman says he hopes the House will take up the package before the July 4 recess.

Momentum is building to end secret holds

Missouri Democrat has commitments from 68 senators to end the practice of anonymously stalling nominees and bills.

From Nextgov.com: Feds delayed measuring rate of Gulf oil flow for five weeks

High-tech sensors could have accurately estimated the amount of oil escaping, but BP executives turned down the technology saying the deep-water well would be capped quickly.

USPS will see pushback from industry, unions on delivery day reduction

Agency also must address funding of pensions and retiree health benefits to cut costs, panelists say.

When Politics Is National

A recent poll of likely voters in battleground districts shows disturbing results for Democrats.

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Budget director to step down

Peter Orszag plans to leave the Obama administration this summer, becoming the first Cabinet member to depart.