Lawmaker says FEMA is at only 73 percent of the staff level it needs, just weeks away from hurricane season.
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A request for proposals expected this summer would allow contractors to compete against federal service centers.
The military must foster partnerships as it focuses on stability operations.
Language in House defense bill would let the Pentagon reopen programs significantly exceeding cost goals to competition.
House Republicans keep focus on border security and remain reluctant to back President Bush’s call for a temporary worker program.
Former intelligence court judge says government has been careful to separate evidence obtained with a warrant from that gathered in eavesdropping program.
Unauthorized access to secure areas, slow processing of large payments, procedures for hiring juveniles were among the problems.
Move will help 2,000 secret-level applications; Top Secret credentials and requests for re-investigations still stalled.