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Obama unveils deficit reduction framework

Administration claims $4 trillion through spending cuts, calls for repeal of Bush tax cuts.

Senate committee votes to streamline confirmation process

Roughly 200 presidential appointees would no longer require Senate confirmation under a bill that passed committee on Wednesday.

Bill to force firing of seriously tax delinquent feds and contractors advances

House committee also votes to double the probation period for civilian hires from one to two years.

Death Wish?

Republicans pushing to revamp Medicare could find themselves voted out of office in the next election.

What's in the spending bill?

Labor, health, and education programs were cut by $5.5 billion; Defense got a raise.

Budget cutting a difficult task

Composition of cuts in budget agreement shows the difficulties of reducing spending for the White House and Congress.

Van Hollen rips Ryan budget

Maryland House member gives few details of Dems' alternative but vows to restore Clinton-era tax rates.

Federal performance officers stretched too thin, study says

PIOs don’t have adequate resources or time to identify poor-performing employees, report finds.

House Speaker John Boehner could see opposition  to the deal from conservatives

Budget deal faces one last hurdle

Lawmakers still have to formally vote on handshake agreement reached at midnight Friday to fund agencies for the rest of fiscal 2011.

Lawmaker proposes extending probation for new federal employees

Rep. Ross would double current one-year period and define performance criteria more precisely.