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GAO: Defense business transformation showing signs of progress

Report finds efforts need to be better aligned with Pentagon’s efficiency initiative, however.

Interior’s five-year strategic plan emphasizes hiring, youth recruitment

Secretary Ken Salazar rallies employees behind 23 goals during a town hall meeting in Washington.

Senate eyes cut in executive-branch jobs requiring Hill confirmation

Leadership aides said that the deal would reduce by 400 the number of Senate-confirmed positions in the government, now numbered at about 1,400.

Former USDA chief disputes Hatch Act report

Mike Johanns asks OSC to fix "inaccuracies" in a report that he was among 10 Cabinet officials and agency heads whose travel during the 2006 midterm season violated the law.

CBO sees $1.5 trillion deficit

Latest report should serve as another wake-up call that serious belt-tightening is needed, Senate Budget Committee leader says.

Federal Hispanic advisory panel debuts in February

Committee will counsel OPM on hiring and keeping more Latinos in government.

Reorganization: Lots of ideas, no details yet

Administration is beginning to identify officials to lead consolidation of federal agencies, but no timeline has been set.

Obama regulatory chief draws skepticism from GOP House members

Cass Sunstein defends new review of rules and promises potential for job losses will be factored into cost-benefit analyses.

From Nextgov.com: House, Senate Judiciary chairs clash over extending online spy provisions

Senate measure offers a longer-term solution and more oversight than the rival House proposal.

The Right Direction

To get reelected, President Obama will need to continue his move toward the center.