Congress also will look into the Obama administration's $83.4 billion war supplemental request.
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Aide says she is spending a lot of time out in the field touring detention facilities and learning the strengths of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Nominations indicate that nutrition and agricultural research will become more of a focus.
Previous plan to split construction of three DDG-1000s between two shipyards would have been "horribly inefficient," Defense acquisition chief says.
The $100 million the president is seeking in savings is trivial compared to the trillions his budget request would add to the debt, GOP lawmakers say.
Panelists say programs that make workers feel more engaged in their jobs could provide tangible benefits to agencies.
Jeffrey Zients was successful at firms that conduct customized research on best practices in health care and financial management.
But board is split on whether to support additional investment funds.
President says he will ask agency leaders next week for specific proposals on trimming their budgets.
Gates will request "substantial money" for the program as part of the fiscal 2010 budget.