Solicitation is the department's latest effort to process what officials call an unprecedented volume of claims.
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Changes would affect joint ventures, size and income determinations for potential participants.
House majority leader also calls for overhaul of federal pay system.
Administration also addresses ways to reduce risky contract types and increase competition.
Proposal backs away from requiring agencies to bargain over broader set of work rules.
In a midterm election in which turnout is inherently lower than in presidential years, the most-motivated voters carry a disproportionate advantage.
Move follows GAO ruling citing flaws in how the Army reached a decision to outsource public works jobs.
Senior administration official does not disclose specific instances, but agrees that the process for congressional notification needs to be improved.
Agency official says billions spent on homeland security since 2002 have made country safer, but admits FEMA has no way to definitively assess the improvement.
One of the stumbling blocks is disagreement over how much money the Postal Service would save by stopping Saturday service.