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Biden to unveil new plan to cut government waste

The vice president’s initiative will draw from Recovery Act efficiency efforts.

Third rating company threatens to downgrade U.S. credit

Fitch Ratings says it will put the United States on watch.

National Counterterrorism Center head to leave

Michael Leiter served in the Bush and Obama administrations.

IRS commissioner warns against cutting his budget

Shulman tells Senate panel his agency collects $200 for every $1 invested in enforcement, IT and management systems.

FCC: Should the government save the media?

Study recommends more disclosure from broadcasters.

Troop withdrawal could trigger economic depression in Afghanistan

Report notes almost all of the country’s gross domestic product comes from spending related to the U.S. military and donor community’s presence.

Potential envoy offers sober outlook on Afghanistan

Nominee tells lawmakers the Afghan government led by President Hamid Karzai faces enormous challenges that could upend American efforts in the country.

Obama government reorganization plan nearing release

OMB’s Zients draws ideas from watchdogs’ report on improving trade competitiveness.

FEMA’s fraud unit plans to staff up

In response to IG recommendation, the agency will boost workforce to help prevent and investigate malfeasance.

The Home Front

Despite the housing slump, Americans of all political persuasions have a visceral desire to own their own home.