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Senator blocks Treasury nominees

Arizona Republican has placed holds on nominees with jurisdiction over tax policy and international finance because of a delay in new Internet gambling prohibitions.

Agency defends 'clunkers' contracts

Transportation spokeswoman says there was no time to competitively bid contracts to administer the program.

House will return for short work week

Chamber will be in session Tuesday and Wednesday next week, then will break until Jan. 19.

Senator seeks review of 'cash for clunkers' effort

Grassley says program's fast turnaround created an “environment ripe for waste, fraud and abuse.”


Government management is a fit for businessman, observers say

As federal performance chief, entrepreneur Jeffrey Zients takes on his toughest project yet -- improving government.

Patent and Trademark Office seeks OK to spend higher fee income

Agency will be forced to operate on a "bare-bones budget" that would not allow adequate hiring, unless it receives more funds, chief says.

Army to spend heavily on new aircraft

Additional medical evacuation helicopters to support the troop buildup in Afghanistan are among the aircraft needed.

Interior Department tightens leasing rules

Changes include additional environmental analysis.

From Nextgov.com: Hundreds of vets participate in test of sharing electronic health records

The Veterans Affairs Department and Kaiser Permanente will exchange electronic patient files to test if they can improve care and lower costs by reducing redundant lab procedures.

Game On

The president's uneasy tug-of-war with lobbyists will only intensify in 2010.