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Cheney's words show he counts self part of executive branch

The office has both legislative and executive functions, White House representatives have said during squabble over executive order compliance.

House passes financial services spending bill

Measure passes on a 240-179 vote, with more than enough opposition to sustain a veto.

Use of free tax filing software drops significantly

Decrease followed agreement limiting the service to 70 percent of tax filers, auditors find.

Budget office paints grim fiscal portrait of flood insurance program

Program's debt was $17.5 billion as of May; Congress has authorized FEMA to borrow $20.8 billion from the Treasury.

Locals pan DHS decision to ditch communications project

County officials upset by phase-out of tool to distribute disaster management software and establish interoperability standards.

Agencies processing discrimination complaints faster

Complaints are taking longer once they reach the EEOC, however.

Panel supports changes to Coast Guard modernization

Bill would require the agency to remove an industry team as the troubled project’s lead systems integrator within four years.

Coast Guard extends fleet upgrade contract

Lawmakers advance bill that would require the agency to take over management of the program by October 2011.

House appropriators limit e-gov funding

Office of Management and Budget urges Congress to meet full funding request, but veto threat stems from unrelated provisions.

Nominee to lead OMB faces difficulty in Senate

Budget committee chairman won’t commit to a vote; Democrats are concerned Jim Nussle would be unapproachable.