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Solutions offered to reduce delays in confirming presidential appointees

Brookings scholars examine why previous reform proposals have been stalled by congressional partisanship and paperwork burdens.

Senate appropriator says he has the votes to pass catch-all spending bill

Package caps discretionary spending at $1.108 trillion, the level that Republicans demanded this year.

Energy secretary shoots down rumors that he plans to leave

Steven Chu says he will stick around as long as President Obama wants him.

Navy delays Littoral Combat Ship contract award

Original Dec. 14 deadline has been extended to Dec. 30 to give Congress more time to consider plans to award 10 ships apiece to two contractors.

GSA aims to make agency websites more user-friendly

Program uses inexpensive testing methods to identify the most serious problems with federal sites.

From Nextgov.com: Aftermath of WikiLeaks flap underscores vulnerabilities of the cloud

Denial-of-service attacks show the risks to operations when agencies rely on third parties to host IT services, say cybersecurity experts.

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Defense Logistics Agency relieves key commander

Air Force Brig. Gen. Scott Chambers oversaw troop support contracts worth $14.5 billion.

Senate passes bill to reform Census Bureau

Measure would make the director’s position a five-year presidentially appointed term beginning in 2012.

Senate Dems lose vote on 'don't ask' repeal

Democrats fail to overcome a Republican filibuster of the 2011 defense authorization bill that included a provision repealing the 1993 law.

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Agencies’ recruitment efforts show promise

Strategies for hiring veterans, disabled workers and other candidates are improving, report finds.