The House of Representatives has passed a short-term measure that will keep the government running until Nov. 18.
With the nation at a crucial point and the Defense Department facing serious budget cuts, a smaller military force and smart decision-making will be critical, said former Defense Secretary William Cohen.
High-profile federal transparency initiatives such as Data.gov are on the chopping block in Congress, under pressure to prove they provide real value.
A smooth budget process isn't likely anytime soon, but agencies may be getting used to it.
Carter hearing showcases the push-pull of defense spending.
Senate reaches agreement that could avert a government shutdown. Now the House must approve the deal.
A federal shutdown is still possible, but the Senate will try again before recess.
For the third time this year, the government nears shutdown, with disaster relief funds the sticking point.
The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal 2012 budget for science and technology programs.
The budget process is still contentious, but negotiators seem willing to put almost everything on the table.