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Senator puts blanket hold on presidential nominees

According to Democratic aides, Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., is stalling more than 70 nominees in an effort to win concessions for his home state.

Debt vote shows freshmen Dem concerns

Thursday's House vote to approve a $1.9 trillion increase in the federal debt ceiling underscored the dilemmas facing Democrats during this election year.

Senate bill aims to boost small business contracting

Measure attempts to break up large procurements into more manageable chunks and give small firms more chances at governmentwide acquisition contracts.

From Nextgov.com: Reps. like Obama's tech proposals to track health quality, fraud

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid budget calls for $110 million to overhaul data systems and $561 million to scrutinize claims for suspicious patterns that could point to illegal activity.

Budget chief catches flak on deficit commission

OMB director says plan is the way to prevent fiscal disaster.

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Winter storm in Washington highlights telework

White House efforts to increase telework among federal employees could get a boost from Mother Nature.

Debt limit increase nears final House vote

Republicans accuse Democrats of playing "deceitful procedural games" to advance the measure.

Energy secretary gets heat on Yucca funding

Chu says the administration has years to decide on a permanent storage site.

Senate confirms Johnson as GSA administrator

Nearly a year after she was nominated, Martha Johnson is the agency’s first permanent administrator since 2008.

From Nextgov.com: Government takes layered approach to aviation security

House members say Homeland Security should make a greater effort to gauge the public’s response to potential passenger screening technologies.

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