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USDA secretary fills key posts in department

Janey Thornton, a former school nutrition director in Kentucky, will serve as deputy undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services.

Lieberman wants U.S.-Mexico border security funding in supplemental

Senator said he will seek an amendment that would add $550 million in border security funds to stop weapons and cash from being smuggled to the drug cartels.

Inspector general says IRS must do more to prevent fraudulent refunds

Head of the agency’s criminal investigation division calls IG’s methodology “biased.”

USDA touts success with intern program

Department has created a pipeline for Hispanic interns to become permanent federal employees.

Administration warns of stimulus scams

Senior citizens, small businesses have been targeted in Recovery Act schemes.

Obama executive order limits contractors' hiring options

A little-noticed directive requires service providers that win follow-on contracts to offer jobs to nonmanagerial employees at the previous company.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar

Interior announces first stimulus projects

Initial investments will boost U.S. Geological Survey research on climate and energy challenges.

Some open government advocates question administration’s transparency commitment

Some observers worry the White House won’t follow through on user-friendly news feeds to track stimulus funds.

Defense to Bush holdovers: Sign ethics pledge, or leave

Pentagon political appointees have until the end of the week to agree to Obama administration’s rules.

GSA to buy thousands of new cars for government fleet

President Obama touts the effort as an energy saver and economic stimulus for American auto companies.