The use of earmarks has grown significantly during the past decade.
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Proper monitoring would help ensure that appropriate interest is paid, GAO says.
Duplicative plans have hampered rollout, recent audit report states.
Survey finds hesitance stems partly from lack of clarity on post-employment rules.
One priority is reinstating "pay/go" rules of the 1990s, which require offsets for new tax cuts or entitlement programs, budget leader says.
Two court cases have complicated the definition of which workers qualify for probationary terms, report says.
Industry leaders say some of the proposals will needlessly tie the hands of contracting officers.
Justice Department's Daniel Metcalfe, who is retiring after serving under four presidents, says agencies need to disclose information responsibly.
DHS office and four agencies lack sufficient information to even assess the extent of their financial management problems, auditors say.
Report highlights role of Congress in requesting studies that generated $23 billion in benefits over six months.