Democrats have been turning up the heat on the Bush administration for its allegedly too-rosy economic outlook.
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Department's budget request reflects focus on information security.
Applicants must provide more details on the reason for their requests; more intelligence reports are being considered.
Housing programs also hard-hit on list of 141 initiatives recommended for elimination or sharp reductions.
Administration's request of $3.8 billion is 3.7 percent more than what the president requested for the agency in fiscal 2007.
Contractor will help agency create metrics for desktop management, data collection and data networks.
Members of House panel explore ballooning costs of Coast Guard modernization project and oversight issues with border initiative.
Plan restricts the authority of the U.S. attorney general from filling prosecutor vacancies for an unlimited time without Senate confirmation.
As Defense secretary, will Robert Gates put the CIA back on track?
Positions, including immigration enforcement agent slots, could open up elsewhere within Homeland Security Department.