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Nominee's ties to TSA contractors raise ethics concerns

White House says retired Army Maj. Gen. Robert Harding will recuse himself for one year from matters relating to security firm he founded.

OMB details many concerns with intelligence bills

Congressional notification provisions in House and Senate authorization measures top the list of issues.

Legal adviser: Drone position will be explained

State Department's Harold Koh said he is "comfortable" with the administration's legal position on the use of unmanned aircraft to kill suspected terrorists.

Petraeus: Expect setbacks in Afghan war

Army general says next several months will be marked by tough fighting, as the military sends 30,000 more troops to quell rising violence.

Dems hit Kentucky senator for new holds

Republican Jim Bunning is holding up administration nominees, critics say.

FEMA seeks to boost regional offices

Lawmakers praise efforts to decentralize operations, but worry about staffing shortages.

Obama tries to dampen Medicare fears

The president kicks off a week of lobbying for healthcare reform, insisting the proposal is good for older Americans.

Census is counting on ad campaign

Agency hopes its offbeat commercials will save money by encouraging more people to return forms.

Agencies’ progress meeting FOIA transparency mandate mixed

Research institute finds more pressure and leadership from the administration are needed to make significant changes.

From Nextgov.com: Audit blames OMB's lack of guidance for shoddy contracting data

But agencies also are responsible for accurate reporting of contract award spending, analysts say.