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OMB raises cap on executive pay costs in federal contracts

Annual benchmark compensation figure rose by nearly $10,000, the lowest increase in years.

Postal Service prodded -- once again -- to do more with less

Despite job cuts, some lawmakers still criticize agency for retaining a bloated workforce.

Obama orders mine safety review

President wants Congress to beef up existing safety laws in wake of latest explosion in West Virginia.

From Nextgov.com: McCain suggests using military tech on Mexico border

The Arizona senator describes drug cartels’ operations in the area as irregular warfare and says the rising violence justifies a military response , including the use of technology such as unmanned aerial vehicles.

Senators see gaps in Coast Guard's budget plan

The service would be the only military branch to experience a personnel decrease in Obama's budget request.

Rights groups oppose proposed biometric Social Security cards

Employers would be able to swipe the card through a machine to confirm someone's identity and immigration status.

Lawmakers question management, progress at blast injury treatment centers

Pentagon has lagged behind in creating medical centers of excellence; goals remain largely unmet.

Legislation aims to improve presidential transitions

Senators look to formalize and build on best practices from the last transfer of power.

Senator: Deficit panel could slow budget process

Republican argues commission will provide an excuse for Democrats not to pass a budget resolution; Democrats say they still will try to move the budget blueprint.

Oversight committee OKs telework and TSP bills

Federal employees are one step closer to regular telecommuting and to being allowed to put the cash value of unused leave toward their retirement.