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Acting USDA chief sees 'seamless transition'

Chuck Conner says that as deputy secretary, he was already involved in decision-making and discussions over the farm bill.

Outgoing VA head cites slow progress on claims backlog

Processing delays likely to continue as long as the nation is at war, says Jim Nicholson.

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OMB finds performance of federal programs improving

Administration rated 48 new programs in this round of evaluations, with 77 percent found to be at least adequate.

Dominance Versus Confusion

Recent polls show Hillary Clinton as the clear front-runner in the Democratic presidential race; the Republican favorite is less clear.

Contractors aim at Defense bill's acquisition changes

Industry groups are opposed to language limiting the use of time-and-materials contracts and allowing protests on task orders.

U.S. surgeons work in the operating room of a military hospital in Baghdad's Green Zone.

Defense cites strides in medical care for deployed civilians

Officials acknowledge there's still room for improvement.

Special counsel, merit protection measure advances

Subcommittee passes language aimed at ensuring allegations of discrimination based on sexual orientation are pursued.

New OMB chief to hold firm against excess spending

Despite $23 billion difference over appropriations, Jim Nussle says there is still time to avoid a train wreck.

Panel poised to curb OSC discretion in whistleblower probes

Bill would require agencies protecting federal workplace rights to report more often to Congress and to give complainants more information on their cases.

Bush nominates ex-judge to become attorney general

Michael Mukasey, an 18-year veteran of a U.S. district court in New York, has a conservative reputation on national security matters, law professor says.