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Second-Rate Candidates

Public opinion is turning in Democrats’ favor, but a lack of top quality contenders could hurt the party in midterm elections.

GAO finds poor management puts Army program at risk

Costs for Future Combat Systems program -- initially estimated at $92 billion -- could reach $200 billion.

House, Senate may be unable to agree on spending caps

The chambers’ budget plans are $9 billion apart on discretionary spending for fiscal 2007, with the Senate’s exceeding Bush’s request.

OMB program assessments viewed as flawed budget tool

Congressional staffer says agencies should take program goals set by Congress into account.

Employee buyouts on the rise

Cash incentives of as much as $25,000 were used in half of all government agencies in the last three years.

OMB deputy unlikely to move up to top slot

Deputy Director for Management Clay Johnson will stay at the "M" part of the enterprise, says outgoing OMB chief Joshua Bolten.

Forward Observer: Rumsfeld's Potted Plants

Critics say military chiefs are failing to speak their minds on issues including troop levels, despite a 1986 law encouraging them to do so.