Appropriator says cuts will come if the agency fails to follow advice on improving food plant inspections, enforcement and performance standards.
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Full elimination of pet projects still under discussion; idea has prompted concern.
Top acquisition official says department is looking both inside and out to meet its acquisition needs.
The firings of eight federal prosecutors last year will make it hard to attract top candidates to fill vacancies, senator says.
The 2002 Federal Information Security Management Act fails to measure how secure agencies actually are, they say.
Lawmakers question whether Human Capital Operational Plan will address morale problems.
OMB opposes measure, saying it would short-circuit suspension and debarment rules.
Officials say they're already losing young scientists and cutting back on crucial research efforts.
Agencies are doing a better job planning technology investments, but more initiatives have been marked as needing high-level attention.
Homeland Security official says proposal to rely on contract security personnel would refocus resources without diminishing protection.