Survey shows government professionals have doubts about how contracting policies are being implemented.
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Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., says he will take his own advice and listen to the American people.
Federal workers will have to opt-in to receive the Federal Register in paper form.
Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., has been more muted in his criticism of the proposal than other Democrats, saying it provides a good starting point for discussions.
Fissure opens between GOP lawmakers who say spending on the military is necessary to recover from a decade of war, and fiscal hawks focused on reducing the deficit.
Agency ended fiscal 2010 $8.5 billion in the red, despite deep reductions in personnel and hours.
Jacob Lew remains in limbo as the Obama administration gets to work on the fiscal 2012 budget.
Towns moves to keep the position, vowing he will “form a bulwark against any politically motivated investigations” by Republicans.
Aides call the GOP vote on the ban next week a toss-up.
Unit is expected to save $2.3 billion over five years by buying common goods and services in bulk.