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Obama appoints new acting OPM director

Move is part of broader effort to replace acting agency heads; GSA also gets new temporary chief .

Obama's FOIA directive brings praise, bit of skepticism

Memo calls for openness and transparency from federal agencies.

Speculation swirls around candidates for USDA posts

Agriculture chief says he will take his time in filling the positions.

Agency review team member recounts collaborative process

Cooperation between Bush and Obama transition officials was at the “high end” of the scale, participant tells Government Executive .


GAO adds three items to high-risk list, removes air traffic control project

Defense continues to dominate the biennial catalog of management challenges, which now contains 30 entries.


Obama gets down to business of governing

Among early agenda items is a directive dealing with the ethics of his appointees.

Army says larger Afghan mission hinges on support units

Gen. Peter Chiarelli expressed concern over the service's ability to deploy more troops to Afghanistan.

Senate Republicans to block vote on Holder

Texas lawmaker says Obama pick for attorney general is "ambigious" on whether he will prosecute Bush officials for conducting torture.

Obama issues sweeping ethics orders

White House staff subject to strict rules on gifts, interaction with lobbyists; civil servants face more scrutiny as well.

Air Force announces possible locations for nuclear and cyber organizations

Officials plan to make final selections by the end of June, after considering criteria such as resident nuclear expertise and bandwidth capacity.