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Observers worry White House 'czars' have too much power

President's team continues to expand, despite not being cleared by Congress.

Panel examines FDA challenges on eve of nominations

Obama has nominated former New York Health Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to lead the agency on the heels of one of the largest food recalls in history.

Appropriations chief says prudence dictates looking into second stimulus

Panel is considering its options in case congressional leaders decide another injection of money into the economy is necessary.

President will issue regulations Friday on stimulus spending

Vice president says not all legal spending will be acceptable under recovery rules.

House lawmakers reintroduce bill to protect federal whistleblowers

Legislation is necessary as the government seeks to ensure proper oversight of economic stimulus funds, representatives say.

Emergency plans would send troops to Mexican border

Action would only be used as a last resort if violence in Mexico continues to spin out of control.

Appropriator wants to use war supplemental to pay for new tanker fleet

Congress already has approved $66 billion in emergency spending this year.

Agencies to direct stimulus funds to veteran-owned small businesses

Lawmakers and advocates remain concerned that contracts will be bundled to benefit large firms.

From Nextgov.com: New federal CIO lays out ambitious technology agenda

Vivek Kundra says government must take advantage of consumer technologies .

Senate OKs bill funding agencies until October

Passage of $410 billion omnibus bill prevents Congress from having to approve another continuing resolution.