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Senate considers deal to reduce confirmations

Shorter confirmation list is part of an effort to improve the chamber's efficiency.

GAO: Most Pentagon weapons programs exceed cost estimates

The price tag of such programs has risen by $135 billion since 2008, and more than half of that resulted from poor management or execution problems, watchdog says.

Obama’s Advantage

GOP strategists privately admit that the president has a good chance of winning reelection in 2012.

With revolt brewing, House GOP backs off budget deal

Tea party wing rejects tentative deal to cut roughly $30 billion in cuts from current spending levels, boosting odds of a shutdown.

Lawmaker wants HHS to take closer look at doctor pay

Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., wants to require the federal government to give Medicare reimbursement rates a closer look.

What happens if the government shuts down?

A look at some federal services that shut down in 1995-96 -- and could again.

Gates, Clinton can't predict when U.S. role in Libya ends

Interviews leave many basic questions unanswered about the mission's duration, point and endgame.

Short-term funding measures have agency budget officials finding ways to save

They have held off on filling some vacancies and slowed grants and contracts that require up-front funding.

Incentives grow for agencies to prevent and recover overpayments

A fledgling law is aimed at holding the government more accountable for waste, fraud and abuse.