GOP candidate criticizes Holder and the Obama administration for botched arms-trafficking investigation.
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Advocacy groups campaign to derail bills requiring increased cost-benefit analysis.
White House is determined not to let the congressional failure be judged a presidential failure as well.
Prewritten news releases announcing the super committee's failure are on hold pending a GOP review of the Democratic offer.
New guidance has awaited OMB approval for nine months, official says.
But automatic spending cuts governmentwide ultimately will hurt agencies and workers.
Republicans are talking about rewriting the rules for across-the-board cuts to soften the blow for Defense; Obama has suggested he could veto such attempts.
Super committee is likely to miss its deadline, triggering automatic cuts of $1.2 trillion, half of which target the Pentagon.
Measure keeping government open also allows USPS to defer multibillion-dollar retiree health benefit payment.
Shelley Metzenbaum offers rundown of agencies embracing data to save money and boost accountability.