President-elect wants to modernize buildings and cut energy consumption.
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Obama surrogates argue that infractions were minor and should not tarnish Timothy Geithner's candidacy.
Ohio Republican George Voinovich has focused on civil service and management issues for years.
Senator has focused on civil service and federal management issues for years.
Minority staff director job goes to Lawrence Brady, who was a senior policy adviser on the panel and staff director of the Energy and Resources subcommittee.
Government also delays implementation of rule that would require contractors to check employees’ immigration status.
President-elect says CIA pick has his "complete trust and substantial clout."
Environment and Public Works Chairwoman Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., also pledges to establish federal standards for the handling of coal ash.
Move comes after report shows half of agencies failed to meet special reporting requirements in fiscal 2006.
Agency official says Federal Housing Administration needs more staff, technology for oversight.