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Likely House majority leader calls for hiring freeze

Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., says move could save $35 billion.

Fiscal commission leaders back spending cuts, tax increases

Observers are skeptical the panel will be able to reach a consensus, because 14 of the 18 members need to support any recommendations.

Erskine Bowles (left) and Alan Simpson released their strategy Wednesday.

Fiscal panel chairs propose three-year civilian pay freeze, hiring slowdown

Federal workers and contractors would take a hit under draft plan.

Why? Why? Why?

The midterms were partly a referendum on the party in power, partly a plunge after Democrats’ back-to-back surges in 2006 and 2008, and partly a search for political balance.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz opposes proposals to cut back to five-day delivery.

Amid changes on Capitol Hill, Postal Service faces uncertain future

Concerns about job cuts and retiree benefits remain as leaders vow reforms.

Watchdog calls for reform of Justice travel policies

Review of U.S. attorneys’ expenses finds inconsistent policies and poor oversight are partially to blame for abuses.

Gates: U.S. would consider staying in Iraq beyond 2011

Request "clearly needs to come from the Iraqis," Defense chief says.

On '60 Minutes,' Obama is contrite but confident

Obama expresses some regrets about his first two years as president, but also shows optimism about working with Republican leaders.

President Obama will include the winner in his fiscal 2012 budget.

Administration announces finalists in cost-cutting contest

Four proposals to boost efficiency put to public vote.

Research group offers federal cost-saving proposals

IBM Center says government can free up $1 trillion by adopting commercial best practices.