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Panetta, Blair complete national security team

President-elect says CIA pick has his "complete trust and substantial clout."

Senator promises TVA crackdown after coal ash spill

Environment and Public Works Chairwoman Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., also pledges to establish federal standards for the handling of coal ash.

Advocacy group urges Obama to focus on EEO compliance

Move comes after report shows half of agencies failed to meet special reporting requirements in fiscal 2006.

HUD warns losses endanger mortgage program

Agency official says Federal Housing Administration needs more staff, technology for oversight.

Defense official urges new military construction in Europe

U.S. commander in Europe says more funding for schools, family housing is needed.

Barack Obama introduced Nancy Killefer Wednesday.

With two jobs comes big balancing act for performance chief

Observers say positioning Nancy Killefer within OMB is the right move.

Senate GOP begins review of Panetta

Republicans are concerned Obama's CIA pick doesn't have a handle on intelligence failures leading up to the Iraq war.

Lawmakers discuss adding military construction funds to stimulus package

Estimates for how much money will be attached range from $8 billion to $20 billion.

Environmentalists want EPA to regulate coal waste

Tennessee spill highlights vulnerabilities at dozens of other coal-fired power plants, activists say.

New chief performance officer to demand results from feds

Nancy Killefer has a reputation for overhauling bureaucracies and improving efficiency.