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Obama's Senate background could speed confirmation process

The president-elect is versed in the rules of the chamber and has developed relationships there.

OPM suspends executive promotion boards

Move will give incoming Obama administration agency heads a say in who advances to the Senior Executive Service.

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Defense lays groundwork for new management chief

Deputy Secretary Gordon England has outlined the responsibilities of the position, which will go to an Obama appointee.

Agencies close in on goals for faster security clearance processing

Officials are optimistic the government will hit a target of reducing processing times for most initial requests to 60 days by the end of 2009.

Safavian found guilty in retrial

Former top procurement official faced charges for lying about his relationship with lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Air Force names one-star general to lead provisional nuclear command

Service officials are undecided on final location and leader for Global Strike Command when it becomes permanent in late 2009.

Holidays give no rest for administration job-seekers

Obama wants lower-level officials in place as early as possible after Jan. 20.

Immigrant, union groups see Labor nominee as ally

Business representatives are wary of Rep. Hilda Solis' support of priorities like "card check" legislation to make it easier to form a union, but said immigration could be an area of common ground.

Chamber report proposes fixes to patent review process

Re-establishing the Patent and Trademark Office as a government corporation is among the recommendations.

Former Clinton official says 'normalcy' is within reach for Justice

Jamie Gorelick expresses optimism that the department can return to its roots, despite "vexing" challenges.