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Former OMB management chief named to head Recovery Act implementation

G. Edward DeSeve will direct interagency efforts as special adviser to President Obama and assistant to Vice President Biden.

Homeland Security chief defines 'trigger point' for border response

Napolitano says United States will send personnel if Mexican drug cartels target American officials or if violence in U.S. border towns grows.

Holder shifts rules on Freedom of Information Act requests

New policies are aimed at ushering in "a new era of open government."

Obama releases guidance on acceptable stimulus spending

President says spending must be “based on the merits” and emphasizes need for transparency in lobbying activities.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., is chairwoman of the panel.

Senator solicits advice for new contracting panel

Request for ideas on issues worth examining draws hundreds of responses.

Congressional analysts project deeper deficits than Obama

CBO estimates that the fiscal 2010 deficit will be $1.37 trillion.

TSA lacks technology to meet air cargo screening goal

Aircraft coming into the United States from abroad will pose a particular challenge.

Locke says Census director will report directly to him

Commerce secretary-designate vows that the Census Bureau will use an actual head count for apportionment of federal resources.

Tauscher leaving House seat for Clinton's State Department

California lawmaker has accepted nomination to be undersecretary for arms control and international security.

Blue Dogs issue budget guidelines ahead of fiscal 2010 action

Fiscally conservative House Democrats recommend holding nondefense domestic spending increases in the budget resolution to the rate of inflation.