Proposal comes as Republicans have escalated their criticism of the Obama administration for appointing more than 30 czars.
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Officials hope competition for the exclusive contract will drive down the price tag, which has more than doubled since the program's inception.
Move appears to respond to criticisms that the department is spending Recovery Act money without adequate evaluation.
Center for American Progress claims egregious labor law violators are receiving federal dollars.
Kansas senators allow the nomination to move forward after receiving assurances the Defense Department will not transfer Guantanamo detainees to a prison in Fort Leavenworth.
Move aims to improve coordination and data sharing across agencies to protect wildlife and resources.
Alerts should be focused on specific industries or locations and should contain as much information as possible about the threat, group concludes.
Completing a procurement of the much-delayed airborne refueling tanker replacement also is a top priority.
Controversial program has been criticized for lax enforcement that has cost the federal government tens of millions of dollars.
Reducing improper payments and managing the economic stimulus effort top the list.