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Obama's USDA picks might signal revamped priorities

Nominations indicate that nutrition and agricultural research will become more of a focus.

Senior official calls DDG-1000 destroyer deal good for taxpayers

Previous plan to split construction of three DDG-1000s between two shipyards would have been "horribly inefficient," Defense acquisition chief says.

Republicans scoff at Obama's call for spending cuts

The $100 million the president is seeking in savings is trivial compared to the trillions his budget request would add to the debt, GOP lawmakers say.

Enthusiastic federal employees could save government money

Panelists say programs that make workers feel more engaged in their jobs could provide tangible benefits to agencies.

Private sector experience could serve performance czar well

Jeffrey Zients was successful at firms that conduct customized research on best practices in health care and financial management.


TSP board endorses Roth IRA option for enrollees

But board is split on whether to support additional investment funds.

Jeffrey Zients also will serve as deputy director for management at OMB.

Obama names Washington businessman as chief performance officer

President says he will ask agency leaders next week for specific proposals on trimming their budgets.

Defense chief to tap Army modernization funds for new vehicle program

Gates will request "substantial money" for the program as part of the fiscal 2010 budget.

Reconciliation seen as main hurdle for conference talks

While the Senate resolution does not include reconciliation instructions, the House resolution has them for healthcare reform and education legislation.

Contractors get another reprieve from E-Verify rule

The rule was to take effect in February, but the Obama administration has delayed implementation until June 30.