President Obama's deficit commission could help Republicans and Democrats find common ground, observer notes.
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Improved assessments and welcome programs are keys to retaining talent, observers say.
Draft rule implementing a 2010 Defense Authorization Act provision includes a waiver for national security.
Proponents back legislation to give chief information officers autonomy to better enforce federal network security management.
Likely House infrastructure panel chairman John Mica would tackle alleged wasteful management of federal property.
Price for going along with the increase could include some form of down payment on spending cuts.
California Republican says he would put on renewed emphasis on oversight of Pentagon.
Outgoing Chairman Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, might move to Armed Services panel.
Unions and industry groups prepare for shifts in priorities on government workforce and management issues.
Incumbents in 2012 will have reason to be nervous.