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Senate takes another step toward finalizing spending blueprint

Negotiators have been named to work through differences on issues including reconciliation.

Petraeus says no permanent bases planned in Afghanistan

The administration's $83.4 billion wartime supplemental spending request includes $867 million for military construction projects in Afghanistan.

With holds lifted, Senate confirms Defense acquisition chief

Concerns about the competition for aerial refueling tankers was delaying process.

Analysis: Bring Them On

The time is ripe for hiring, but government will miss out if it can’t fix the tangled job application process.

New nonprofit to focus on acquisition reform

The FAIR Institute will develop solutions based on federal and commercial best practices.

Budget amendment directs agencies to trim wasteful spending

Senate version of the fiscal 2010 budget blueprint includes a provision requiring agencies to report to Congress on inefficient federal programs.

Loyal F-22 booster undeterred by weakened campaign

Sen. Saxby Chambliss continues fighting for 60 additional planes even though the aircraft's manufacturer and other supporters have backed down.

Dems likely to file cloture on HHS nomination

Some Republicans oppose Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as HHS secretary, in part, for her policy positions and her support of abortion rights.

GAO says states need federal help tracking stimulus dollars

The Office of Management and Budget will release guidance in early May that gives states more flexibility in covering oversight costs, vice president vows.

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First lady attends OPM ceremony, praises civil servants

New agency director John Berry says he'll make diversity a priority.