USDA secretary's new appointees do not require Senate confirmation.
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But federal management issues play a small role in president’s first State of the Union address.
Some agencies will see budgets go up, others down in overall proposal to cap nonsecurity discretionary spending.
Co-chairmen of the 9/11 Commission say "fractured and overlapping" congressional committee jurisdiction continues to be an issue.
Long-term efforts to rein in the federal deficit will require taking a hard look at the Pentagon's spending, observers say.
Some nonsecurity programs still will see funding increases under President Obama’s fiscal 2011 budget request.
Attempted bombing on Christmas Day created a sense of urgency for establishing international standards.
Obama administration should use positive feedback to determine effectiveness of transparency efforts, says research group.
Over the past 12 months, Democrats have badly damaged their brand.
Inspector general finds inadequate oversight has made a $2.5 billion pact to train the Iraqi police force susceptible to waste.