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Vilsack: USDA programs boost economy

Ag chief says food stamps, investments in local processing and slaughter plants are among programs helping people.

Report says size of FCC staff decreased steadily during past decade

GAO: Decline in agency staff is due to a lack of workforce planning and competitive pay.

OMB chief Peter Orszag says he is taking allegations seriously.

Budget agency launches review of alleged threat against OPM official

A congressional investigation into the incident also is in the works.

Lawmakers weigh security spending options

Additional funding could go toward new full-body scanning machines at U.S. airports and technology to sort and search clues of pending terrorist attacks.

Report reveals trouble with new Army combat systems

All of the technologies struggled through a recent round of testing and will require significantly more work before the service can send them to a combat unit, study finds.

Obama sets new tone for regulatory process

Administration emphasizes social issues and opens rule-making to public comment, policy observer says.

State of the Union, debt limit top agenda

President's address is expected to focus on jobs and fiscal responsibility.

GOP senator seeks $120 billion in funding cuts

Proposed amendment to debt limit bill would rescind funding for duplicative programs and funding that hasn't been designated for a particular purpose fast enough.

Obama goes after tax-delinquent contractors

Memo asks the IRS and OMB to find ways to keep “deadbeat” companies off the government payroll.

Defense contractors are confident about fiscal 2011 budget

But industry sources predict modest increase in Pentagon spending will go largely to personnel and healthcare costs instead of new weapons systems.