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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.

Lawmaker lays down markers on fiscal 2010 shipbuilding budget

Mississippi Democrat says Navy should abandon the DDG-1000 next-generation destroyer.

Obama tells Energy it’s time to get ‘serious’

President defends using stimulus funds to upgrade the federal vehicle fleet.

American Federation of Government Employees president John Gage.

Unions differ on how to revive labor-management partnerships

Biggest federal labor group calls for “stripped-down” approach that doesn’t require consensus decisions.