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Interior approves first Gulf oil exploration plan since BP spill

Company’s approach relies on untested oil containment technology.

Senators question U.S. preparedness in wake of Japan's crisis

FEMA says there is no clear answer on first response to a nuclear plant catastrophe.

Obama signs three-week stopgap spending bill

Negotiations will continue next week to fund government for the rest of fiscal 2011.

Lawmakers seeking private funds for major infrastructure

Two bills approach public project financing from different directions: investments and bond underwriting.

Warren pushes back against Republican jabs on consumer bureau

Financial institutions guilty of precipitating an economic collapse must be held accountable, she says.

OMB, special counsel nominees approved in committee

Heather Higginbottom would serve in the No. 2 role at the Office of Management and Budget.

FEMA recoups millions in improper payments

Agency makes progress with revised process for recovering money but still faces challenges in collecting debt, officials say.

Three-week funding measure headed to president

Senate approves House resolution to fund government through April 8.

Administration falling short on FOIA compliance, critics say

Agencies are not responding to document requests with the openness President Obama promised, observers charge.

Pentagon not spotting overpayments to contractors, IG finds

Report comes as scrutiny of Defense’s budget intensifies.