Position puts the House Government Reform Committee chairman at odds with leaders of other powerful committees.
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Of $140 million spent on first-class travel over 18 months, 67 percent was not properly authorized.
But David Paulison wins backing of some legislators.
New coalition will seek to add managers' and executives' voices to discussion dominated by labor unions and Bush administration.
White House said to be looking for a new Treasury chief capable of better persuading the public that the economy is strong.
Challenger to Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., ranking member of Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, says he's too supportive of President Bush.
But researcher tells lawmakers only 3 percent of small firms use SBA's guaranteed loan program.
Bill would extend cooling-off period for political appointees and procurement officials.
Medicare program drove reported reductions for 2005, but improvement may be mostly on paper, GAO official says.
Last year’s public-private competitions will save $3.1 billion over five to 10 years, OMB says.