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Powerful Senate Democrats and Republicans back earmarks

Appropriations Chairman Inouye and Senate Minority Leader McConnell support the practice of directing spending.

Divided 112th Congress likely to struggle with budget and spending process

President Obama's deficit commission could help Republicans and Democrats find common ground, observer notes.

Partnership for Public Service’s Max Stier says hiring the wrong person wastes time and resources.

Hiring reform could reverse attrition of new employees

Improved assessments and welcome programs are keys to retaining talent, observers say.

Defense bans contractors from interrogating detainees

Draft rule implementing a 2010 Defense Authorization Act provision includes a waiver for national security.

From Nextgov.com: Detaching IT security officers would harm cybersecurity, CIOs warn

Proponents back legislation to give chief information officers autonomy to better enforce federal network security management.

Plan to sell federal real estate rises on GOP agenda

Likely House infrastructure panel chairman John Mica would tackle alleged wasteful management of federal property.

GOP senator says he will not block hike in debt ceiling

Price for going along with the increase could include some form of down payment on spending cuts.

McKeon seeks House Armed Services leadership post

California Republican says he would put on renewed emphasis on oversight of Pentagon.

House Intelligence Committee faces shakeup

Outgoing Chairman Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, might move to Armed Services panel.

NTEU’s Colleen Kelley says she is “alarmed” by political climate.

Republican victory sets stage for new agenda

Unions and industry groups prepare for shifts in priorities on government workforce and management issues.