Staffing shortages and a history of poor contract management at department portend problems in administering Recovery Act funds.
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Treasury chief says entity would fill "a significant void" in the current system.
Agency officials say they will use a $15 million funding increase in the omnibus appropriations act to hire more employees.
Bill also would establish new performance management criteria for supervisors.
The services' surgeon generals tell the Hill that the medical network frequently crashes and is causing a 'near mutiny' among doctors.
Bill would require the service to take precautions such as testing new assets for compliance with contractual and safety requirements.
Lawmakers from both parties expect Congress to pass a budget blueprint this year that reflects the goals set out in President Obama's fiscal 2010 outline.
Kansas senator says Christopher Hill misled Congress in testimony last year when he was handling six-party talks on North Korean nuclear disarmament.
With deferred compensation and performance incentive pay, John Potter's package came to more than $850,000 in fiscal 2008.
Vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says financial pressures demand that the Defense Department buy systems adaptable to unexpected threats.