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Senate appropriators OK clean Defense, leg branch bills

Measures clear the panel along party lines, with Republicans withholding support amid concerns about discretionary spending levels.

Lawmaker promotes crackdown on tax delinquent feds

Bill targets workers who willfully avoid payments, but employee groups say it could end up punishing people trying to do the right thing.

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For soldiers, coming home can be as hard as leaving

The strain on military families does not end when the troops return from Iraq or Afghanistan.

Former DEA chiefs urge attorney general to just say no

Bipartisan group of former officials ask Justice Department to publicly oppose Calif. ballot initiative legalizing pot.

Harvard professor picked to build consumer bureau

Elizabeth Warren will serve as an assistant to the president and special adviser to Treasury secretary.

Pentagon watchdog defends office’s work

Some of the recommendations in a highly critical Senate report are off-base, Defense IG says.

Navy moves to protect jobs at Louisiana shipyard

Service wants to accelerate procurement schedule at endangered Avondale facility that employs thousands of workers.

Pentagon official seeks support for contracting initiatives

Possible consequences of not acting include broken or canceled programs and market uncertainty, acquisition executive says.

Committees could see fundamental shakeup after election

Makeup of the Budget and Appropriations panels likely will be significantly different after Nov. 2.

OMB nominee vows exhaustive review of agencies

In afternoon confirmation hearing, Jack Lew says review will be one of his first actions if confirmed as budget chief.