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Budget expert offers tips for efficient stimulus spending

Former Clinton administration official says one way to increase transparency is to produce activity-based budgets.

Obama gets off to a slow start on one transparency pledge

Two bills have slipped through the cracks while the White House hammers out procedures for giving the public at least five days to review non-emergency legislation before the president signs it.

Obama shifts Census oversight, triggering angry protest by Republicans

The agency will remain in the Commerce Department, but report directly to the White House.

Defense nominees moved to Senate floor by panel

Armed Services Committee approves four nominees, including former Raytheon executive.

Panetta delivers a second round of testimony Friday.

CIA pick faces lingering skepticism from GOP senator

Ranking member of Intelligence Committee continues to probe Leon Panetta's views on rendition.

Supplier of tainted peanut butter suspended from federal contracts

Peanut Corporation of America is the focus of an investigation into a nationwide Salmonella outbreak that has left eight people dead.

OMB should reassert itself over Pentagon, analysts say

Some say Defense has been calling the shots in recent years, especially with Republican and Democratic lawmakers eager to please the military brass.

Senator seeks amendment to protect whistleblowers

Proposal allows workers to file a complaint with the appropriate agency's inspector general if they believe they have faced retaliation for disclosing waste or mismanagement of stimulus funds.

Obama administration orders review of IRS private debt collection program

Officials notify contractors that no option years will be exercised until independent appraisal is completed.

Oversight board: Treasury overpaid $78 billion for bank stocks

Official faults former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson for using a uniform standard in pricing stocks across the board, rather than pricing for risk according to each institution.