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Minor Missteps

The withdrawal of Bill Richardson’s nomination and the selection of Leon Panetta to head the CIA are unlikely to mar Obama’s transition record too badly.

Agency heads get guidance on top hires

Secretaries must get candidates pre-approved or choose someone from White House list.

Senators aim for swift confirmation of budget nominee

Full chamber could consider Peter Orszag, Obama’s pick to lead OMB, as early as Inauguration Day.


Zoo chief could be named OPM director soon

John Berry worked on locality pay as a congressional aide and work-life programs at Interior.

Defense procurement case cited in delay of women’s contracting program

SBA reviews November circuit court decision’s implications for set-aside programs.

Obama pledges to overhaul federal facilities

President-elect wants to modernize buildings and cut energy consumption.

Treasury nominee scrutinized on taxes, housekeeper

Obama surrogates argue that infractions were minor and should not tarnish Timothy Geithner's candidacy.


Senate champion of federal employees to retire in 2010

Ohio Republican George Voinovich has focused on civil service and management issues for years.

Voinovich decides not to seek reelection

Senator has focused on civil service and federal management issues for years.

Issa announces GOP staff for House government reform panel

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.