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Budget committee approves OMB nominee, but senator blocks confirmation

Panel greenlights Jack Lew, but Sen. Mary Landrieu vows to hold up the nomination until offshore drilling ban is lifted.

British Defense chief urges support for F-35 engine

In letter to lawmaker, Liam Fox says ending program could cost the U.S. and international partners more money in the long run.

Lawmaker pushes five-day mail delivery, altered pension funding

Bill would grant the Postal Service flexibilities requested in its long-term strategic plan.

Food safety undersecretary sets priorities

Elisabeth Hagen showed little interest in the creation of a single food safety agency during hearing.

Tender loving care for new hires pays off, authors say

Successful onboarding of employees can save agencies time and money, according to book.

Concern grows over Defense-to-State transition in Iraq

Poor coordination and a lack of expertise put the changeover at risk of waste and overreliance on contractors, commissioners say.

Senate might have to go first on continuing resolution

The House traditionally considers spending legislation first, but House Democratic leaders don't want to risk approving a CR that the Senate might not be able to pass.

Immigration advocates huddle after setback, might push stand-alone bill

Groups will meet with top Democrats on Thursday to discuss legislative strategy for creating a path to citizenship for young illegal immigrants.

Budget panel might vote early on OMB nominee

Committee leader is asking members to waive a rule that requires 48 hours' notice for a vote.

Bill unfurled to require all-American government flags

Flags purchased for government use would have to be made "from articles, materials or supplies entirely grown, produced, or manufactured in the United States."