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Even in face of public opposition, lawmakers defend earmarks

Some members of Congress insist on having their say in exactly who gets federal funding.

TSA nominee withdraws from consideration

Harding’s business dealings had come under scrutiny.

Republicans say Iraq watchdog should be a comptroller general candidate

GOP lawmakers would like to add Stuart Bowen, the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, to Democrats’ list of contenders.

IG finds gaps in State oversight of embassy guard contracts

Department is again under scrutiny for failing to properly manage private security guards in war zones.

Utilities take wait-and-see approach to smart grid investment, survey finds

Executives cite uncertainty over federal energy policy and worry about their ability to recover investment costs.

From Nextgov.com: IT problems still hound Census as it readies count

GAO warns needed fixes to major systems might not be finished before it starts counting citizens who didn’t return forms, but bureau officials say they will be ready in time.

Black farmers' leader slams Obama

John Boyd Jr. says president, USDA did not show leadership in the settlement of the discrimination lawsuit.

Roster for deficit commission is complete

Commission will present its proposals to Congress by Dec. 1; 14 of its 18 members must agree on the final package.

Lawmakers announce bipartisan Transparency Caucus

Group will advocate for transparency initiatives and promote legislation requiring open access to federal information.

Senate sends fixes bill back to House

Adjustments to the health care reconciliation bill are minor.