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Decision to mark up budget blueprint could come next week

Democrats might decide to forgo a five-year budget resolution and simply tackle discretionary spending for fiscal 2011.

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OMB raises cap on executive pay costs in federal contracts

Annual benchmark compensation figure rose by nearly $10,000, the lowest increase in years.

Postal Service prodded -- once again -- to do more with less

Despite job cuts, some lawmakers still criticize agency for retaining a bloated workforce.

Obama orders mine safety review

President wants Congress to beef up existing safety laws in wake of latest explosion in West Virginia.

From Nextgov.com: McCain suggests using military tech on Mexico border

The Arizona senator describes drug cartels’ operations in the area as irregular warfare and says the rising violence justifies a military response , including the use of technology such as unmanned aerial vehicles.

Senators see gaps in Coast Guard's budget plan

The service would be the only military branch to experience a personnel decrease in Obama's budget request.

Rights groups oppose proposed biometric Social Security cards

Employers would be able to swipe the card through a machine to confirm someone's identity and immigration status.

Lawmakers question management, progress at blast injury treatment centers

Pentagon has lagged behind in creating medical centers of excellence; goals remain largely unmet.

Legislation aims to improve presidential transitions

Senators look to formalize and build on best practices from the last transfer of power.