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Obama is sworn in, emphasizes need for effective government

In inaugural address before massive crowds on the National Mall, the new commander in chief says “programs will end” when they don’t work.

Senate confirms seven Cabinet-level nominees

Those approved after inauguration ceremony include heads of Energy, Education, Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs, Interior and Agriculture.

More OMB, White House picks announced

Obama unveils nominees for a handful of key positions on the eve of the inauguration.

Obama inherits a much-improved FEMA

Outgoing administrator wasn’t sure the agency could be salvaged when he took over after Hurricane Katrina.

Obama then and now: Confirming an attorney general

President-elect's Senate votes on Bush nominees show his views on the position.

Former FBI chief supports AG nominee as 'man of integrity'

Ex-director says he believes Holder would be politically independent.

Officials say 1 million to 2 million visitors expected for inauguration

Smaller number is based on fewer requests for tour bus permits.

Orszag promises scrutiny of stimulus spending but stalls on tighter rules

OMB nominee says he would post bailout contracts on a public Web site and create an oversight board, but would defer to Treasury on imposing terms of use requested by Democrats.

New Arctic policy has big implications for agencies

Bush administration’s eleventh-hour security directives assert U.S. role in the region.

Nominee expects few changes to fiscal 2010 budget request

Deputy Defense hopeful says review will be limited in scope, addressing key initiatives including quality of life programs and selected acquisition programs.