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Obama promises a gimmick-free spending plan

President says he will cut the estimated $1.3 trillion deficit in half in four years by raising taxes on the wealthy and reducing spending on the Iraq war.

Six months after scathing review, problems at Defense audit agency persist

DCAA’s chief cites progress, but employees say reforms have been ineffective.

Analysis: Inside or Out

Obama’s team must ask the key question: Beef up the civil service or bring in contractors?

Solis is first Cabinet nominee to face cloture vote

GOP says the confirmation delay is largely procedural.

Authorization and chemical security bills top panel agendas

Aides are trying to avoid the turf battles that have hampered previous efforts to pass legislation.


Progress mixed on naming officials to oversee stimulus spending

OMB asked agencies to designate a point person by Feb. 13, but some missed the deadline.

House to consider catch-all spending bill next week

Congress must either pass the omnibus appropriations legislation or approve another continuing resolution to keep funding programs at fiscal 2008 levels.

Bond provision could give NE Amtrak trains major boost

Amtrak also could be in line for a slice of the $8 billion allotted for high-speed rail corridors in the stimulus.

Agencies test new waters in social media

Government officials are exploring outlets from YouTube to Twitter.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu

Energy Department to expedite stimulus spending

Staffing shortfalls could complicate efforts to streamline grant and loan application process.