More than 800 workers have reached the top of their pay bands and are no longer eligible for base salary increases.
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Senators also urge Michael Leavitt to push to find a permanent head for the Food and Drug Administration.
Programs with lapsed authorizations received more than $170 billion in fiscal 2005, up from $80 billion in 2002.
Multibillion-dollar effort to focus on smaller projects that can show results more quickly.
House subcommittee chairman wants to simplify reporting requirements implemented over the past two decades.
Company says it is "firmly committed" to the tanker project.
New staff members will be added due to expansion of Governmental Affairs Committee's jurisdiction to cover the Homeland Security Department.