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Blue Dogs issue budget guidelines ahead of fiscal 2010 action

Fiscally conservative House Democrats recommend holding nondefense domestic spending increases in the budget resolution to the rate of inflation.

Agencies plotting response to Mexican violence

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano declined to provide details on the plan or when it will be made public.

Senator says carrier must stay put due to Navy budget shortfall

Webb wants to keep all of the East Coast carriers at Norfolk Naval Base.

Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y., has called for a uniform approach to tracking stimulus funds.

Stimulus oversight panel continues to staff up

Recovery Act Accountability and Transparency Board will hold first meeting next week.

Report encourages better performance measures for IGs

Lack of accountability and outsourcing hotlines make investigators less effective, says nonprofit group.

Moderate Democrats flexing muscles on fiscal matters

Centrists are forming a working group in an attempt to keep spending down.

Drug industry is wary of Obama's pick for FDA deputy

Joshua Sharfstein has a long and sometimes contentious history with the pharmaceutical industry.

Pentagon aims to bring jobs back in house

Outsourcing has turned out to be more expensive than keeping federal employees, Defense comptroller tells lawmakers.

Obama administration to submit war funding request next week

Defense comptroller says the department needs the money by Memorial Day "to avoid funding problems and to maintain continuity of operations for the troops."

Utah senator threatens hold on Interior deputy nominee

Republican Robert Bennett says he wants to speak to David Hayes and Secretary Ken Salazar about oil and gas leases in his state.