Commutes to Silver Spring, Md., campus are disrupted by train collision, but no major injuries are reported among workforce.
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The spending measure is $4.5 billion above the fiscal 2009 enacted level.
Subrecipients, vendors will have to provide detailed information on how Recovery Act dollars are spent.
Representative of the corporations says it is misleading to focus on where they are based or perform projects.
Defense measure is expected to pass by a wide margin.
Experienced management consultant also will serve as the first-ever chief performance officer.
When Bush holdovers are excluded, white men make up just under half of the people filling senior posts in the administration.
The administration hopes to forge relationships with lawmakers by seeding departments with Hill aides.
Senator says he is convinced the administration followed "both the spirit and the letter of the law" in notifying Congress about the dismissal of Gerald Walpin.
Lawmakers approve $64.4 billion appropriations measure after taking a record-breaking 53 votes in one day.