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Senate passes stimulus as thorny talks with House await

While the bottom lines of the two bills are close, vastly different priorities could color negotiation.

Forward Observer: Don't Americanize Afghanistan

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the United States can avoid the mistakes of the Soviets by adding at most 30,000 troops and putting an “Afghan face” on the war.

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Federal workforce needs some tender loving care, says Clinton official

Former political appointee believes that investing resources in government employees is key to tackling major policy problems.

Lawmakers face stimulus negotiations with Presidents Day deadline looming

House and Senate versions appear similar on the surface, but contain significant differences that could complicate conference talks.

PPS President Max Stier says the organization is "proud to continue" CEG's work.

Council for Excellence in Government to close

The Partnership for Public Service will absorb most of the organization’s staff and programs.

Lawmakers probe Army recruiter suicides

Since 2001, 17 Army recruiters have committed suicide, four from a single unit -- the Houston Recruiting Battalion.

Federal employee union to propose insourcing legislation

AFGE is confident that with a new administration and Congress, the tide has turned against efforts to contract out federal work.

Senate moderates stay firm on cost of stimulus bill

Collins and Nelson say they will not commit to backing a final bill worth more than $800 billion.

Budget expert offers tips for efficient stimulus spending

Former Clinton administration official says one way to increase transparency is to produce activity-based budgets.

Obama gets off to a slow start on one transparency pledge

Two bills have slipped through the cracks while the White House hammers out procedures for giving the public at least five days to review non-emergency legislation before the president signs it.