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Continuing resolutions could be on the horizon for agencies

Congress is unlikely to pass agency appropriations bills in a contentious election year, expert predicts.

Democrats get mixed budget office views on TARP

CBO chief tells senators using TARP money to offset jobs bill would add to the deficit, but jobs package could stimulate the economy and in turn reduce the deficit.

Senate approves debt ceiling increase

Pay/go amendment requires any mandatory spending increases or tax cuts to be offset.

Unions are anxious for details of spending freeze

Employee organizations applaud overall message in State of the Union address, but raise some concerns about proposals to keep budgets in check.


Budget likely will target agencies’ top performance goals

Objectives identified by agencies played role in cuts, increases to federal programs.

Reaction to Obama freeze proposal comes with caveats

Lawmakers express mixed feelings about effectiveness of president's plan to to freeze nonsecurity discretionary spending.

Obama is forced to adjust State of the Union goals

President is expected to focus on jobs and a new-found emphasis on fighting deficit spending in speech.

Director: NCTC has analyst shortage

Budget cuts targeting personnel at the counterterrorism center have been canceled in wake of attempted bombing on Christmas Day.

Vilsack names more key deputies

USDA secretary's new appointees do not require Senate confirmation.


Obama calls for loan forgiveness for public service, transparency

But federal management issues play a small role in president’s first State of the Union address.