Lawmakers, administration say they will weigh the success and failure of federal programs when making funding decisions.
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Stopgap spending measure will be attached to the Interior-Environment appropriations bill and will keep money flowing at fiscal 2009 levels until Dec. 18.
Investigators will examine whether the CIA misled the House speaker about the use of waterboarding on terrorism suspects.
Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins says Obama's pick for undersecretary for management at DHS lacks sufficient experience.
New process aims to speed up grid modernization and spur renewable energy production.
Memos are too light on specifics and lack deadlines to hold agencies accountable for making reforms, lawmakers say.
Solicitation is the department's latest effort to process what officials call an unprecedented volume of claims.
Changes would affect joint ventures, size and income determinations for potential participants.
House majority leader also calls for overhaul of federal pay system.
Administration also addresses ways to reduce risky contract types and increase competition.