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Obama releases guidance on acceptable stimulus spending

President says spending must be “based on the merits” and emphasizes need for transparency in lobbying activities.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., is chairwoman of the panel.

Senator solicits advice for new contracting panel

Request for ideas on issues worth examining draws hundreds of responses.

Congressional analysts project deeper deficits than Obama

CBO estimates that the fiscal 2010 deficit will be $1.37 trillion.

TSA lacks technology to meet air cargo screening goal

Aircraft coming into the United States from abroad will pose a particular challenge.

Locke says Census director will report directly to him

Commerce secretary-designate vows that the Census Bureau will use an actual head count for apportionment of federal resources.

Tauscher leaving House seat for Clinton's State Department

California lawmaker has accepted nomination to be undersecretary for arms control and international security.

Blue Dogs issue budget guidelines ahead of fiscal 2010 action

Fiscally conservative House Democrats recommend holding nondefense domestic spending increases in the budget resolution to the rate of inflation.

Agencies plotting response to Mexican violence

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano declined to provide details on the plan or when it will be made public.

Senator says carrier must stay put due to Navy budget shortfall

Webb wants to keep all of the East Coast carriers at Norfolk Naval Base.

Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y., has called for a uniform approach to tracking stimulus funds.

Stimulus oversight panel continues to staff up

Recovery Act Accountability and Transparency Board will hold first meeting next week.