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Where McCain, Obama stand on key federal issues

A look at the two presidential candidates’ campaign promises and records in 12 areas that affect federal employees.

From Nextgov.com: Panel says DHS should not oversee cybersecurity

Nonpartisan commission recommends White House take the lead on protecting federal computer networks.

Progress in Afghanistan gets rockier

If Iraq is the model for how to defeat an insurgency, NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan have a very long road ahead.

Utah senator stalls 'plain language' bill

Lawmaker is concerned the measure would have the unintended consequence of forcing election commissions to oversimplify legal terminology.

Cybersecurity is crucial to protecting nation’s water supply, official says

The computer systems that control a region’s utilities run on common technology platforms and are vulnerable to hackers.

House Judiciary chairman slams Appropriations panel over jurisdiction

Spat concerns an NIH mandate requiring federally supported scientists to submit their research manuscripts for free access on the Internet.

The presidential hopefuls greet during a forum at Columbia University on Thursday.

Candidates stress need to restore faith in government

Americans would be more inclined toward public service if they were confident federal agencies were effective, McCain and Obama say.

White House prepares appointee roadmap for next administration

Plan is designed to ensure that 100 key political posts are filled by April 1.

Reports slam Minerals Management Service handling of royalties

GAO says agency did not adjust or ensure the accuracy of royalties collected from oil and gas companies.

Bush administration publishes its final evaluation of program performance

Eighty percent of programs reviewed ended up with marks of “adequate” or better.