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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.

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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.

First lady touts green initiatives in USDA visit

Michelle Obama also recognizes employees who have served more than 30 years in government.

Obama sets mark for early nominee dropouts

He's challenging Bill Clinton, who saw six major nominees withdraw their names over the course of his entire presidency.

BearingPoint files for bankruptcy

Firm is one of largest companies in federal management and technology consulting market.