President cites practice of combining federal contracts into large national agreements as a significant obstacle for small businesses.
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But full implementation of a national infrastructure protection plan is two to three years away, says the leader of the effort.
Less than 60 percent of federal transactions were available online by October 2003 deadline set in law.
Leaders must recognize that they, too, can learn by listening to employees.
Senators back resolution giving panel additional responsibility for homeland security.
Measure includes authority for recruitment bonuses, vacation incentives and compensatory time off for travel.
Lawmakers stripped provision before sending corporate tax bill to President Bush.
Compliance with contracting rules is needed if agency wants Defense business, proposed law says.
Agency administrator says parts of report are “inaccurate and misleading” and insists changes are being made.
He said the position would be elevated to the assistant secretary level, but officials now say details haven't been worked out yet.