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Defense Secretary Robert Gates

Pentagon to hire thousands of employees, cut contractors

‘Reform’ budget seeks to kill major weapons programs.

House passes budget resolution as Senate looks to recess exits

House and Senate staffers will begin conferring during Easter recess to work out a compromise version of the fiscal 2010 blueprint.

Controversial NASA IG steps aside under pressure

GAO and a council of watchdogs found Robert Cobb was not productive or independent enough.

Senate confirms John Berry as federal personnel chief

Former National Zoo director says he is amenable to any effective compensation system for federal employees, including pay for performance.

Alabama senators block confirmation of Defense nominee

Lawmakers want assurance that top weapons buyer will conduct a fair and open competition for aerial refueling tanker contract.

Senate approves venture capitalist as SBA administrator

Karen Gordon Mills will take a lead role in implementing the economic recovery plan.

Ex-GSA chief of staff to return as administrator

Obama names Martha Johnson to serve as head of agency.

USDA nominees get confirmation hearing

Senate Agriculture Chairman Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, said he will try to shepherd the nominations through the chamber before Congress leaves this week for recess.

'Plain English' bill advances in Senate

Measure would require government documents to be clear, concise and free of jargon.

Defense acquisition reform bill makes strides on Capitol Hill

Measure threatens to cancel poorly performing weapons programs.