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Sponsor Tom Carper said the plan "will go a long way in improving" government.

Senate passes, House rejects bill mandating new performance goals, better reporting

Measure requires agencies to name chief operating and performance improvement officers.

Maryland lawmaker gets top Democratic House oversight spot

Rep. Elijah Cummings will have to counter fiery incoming chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, who is expected to question the Obama administration aggressively.

From Nextgov.com: Defense tool linking disaster relief community set to relaunch by end of year

All Partners Access Network will improve chat functions and registration , as well as add e-mail.

Energy Department announces contractor pay freeze

Bonus payments also would be put on ice for two years.

Congress keeps government open for a few more days

Five-day extension of continuing resolution is aimed at providing time to work out a deal on a long-term funding measure.

Poll finds new low in Afghan war support

New study finds 60 percent of Americans said that the war is "not worth fighting," a new high in public dissatisfaction.

Possibility of government shutdown looms

Current stopgap funding legislation expires midnight Saturday.

Agencies unveil renewable energy roadmap

Proposal targets specific zones for solar energy development on federal land in six Western states.

New Congress could put the brakes on insourcing

Lawmakers want to slow down and assess whether the Obama administration initiative is being implemented strategically, say current and former staff members.

From Nextgov.com: DHS chief says cybersecurity is a civilian -- not military -- problem

Homeland Security will partner with Defense and private sector to safeguard Internet users and infrastructure , Napolitano says.