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Dodaro confirmed as comptroller general

Senate on final night of 111th Congress approves acting head of GAO as permanent.

Whistleblower protection bill dies again, on the 1-yard line

Measure clears House on Wednesday, but is blocked in Senate through an anonymous hold.

Congress overhauls federal food safety efforts

Bill marks first effort to restructure oversight in more than 70 years.

Obama signs 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal into law

Ban will not be lifted until administration certifies that implementation will not hurt military readiness or effectiveness, unit cohesion, or retention.

Insourcing provisions land on the cutting room floor

Language that would have brought more work back in-house was not included in either chamber’s version of Defense authorization bill.

Congress passes legislation requiring polygraphs for CBP agents

Bill seeks to counteract corruption within the nation’s largest law enforcement agency.

Regulatory agencies have stepped up enforcement, study says

OMB Watch reports increased inspections, fines and warning letters from Obama appointees monitoring consumer health, worker safety and the environment.

'Don't ask' probes were on wane before ban was struck down

In 2009, 428 troops were discharged, down from the 633 discharged in 2003.

Counterterrorism adviser promises tight security during holidays

Mindful of last year's Christmas bomber, Brennan seeks to reassure.

So It Begins

Seven Senate Democrats and 20 House Republicans could face tough reelection battles in 2012.