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Burning Question: On federal spending, is it time to hit the gas or the brakes?

Lawmakers and Obama administration officials apparently are of two minds on the issue.

Minerals Management Service chief steps down

Resignation comes as the agency is under criticism for oversight failures that contributed to the Gulf oil spill.

Navy wants to establish a preferred supplier program

Service seeks industry input for creating designation aimed at lowering costs and increasing efficiency.

House takes up F-35 bill

The Pentagon adamantly opposes the alternate engine program and the White House has threatened a veto over it.

Final Senate vote looming on war supplemental

House version of the supplemental includes $500 million in border security funding not contained in Senate bill.

Senator questions Medicare agency’s use of Defense audit unit

Iowa Republican wants to know why the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services still contracts with the beleaguered DCAA.

Dispute over oversight powers stalls intel policy bill

Democrats are trying to work around a threat to veto language allowing GAO to audit intelligence agencies.

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Senators suggest a federal pay freeze to help fund wars

GOP proposals aim to recoup costs partly by holding salaries steady and cracking down on tax delinquent government workers.

Race and gender influence TSP enrollment

Minorities are about 5 percent less likely than nonminorities to participate in the government’s 401(k)-style retirement plan.

Salazar: MMS has 'turned the ship'

Interior chief says department will have zero tolerance for ethical lapses at Minerals Management Service.

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