Despite some problems, the deals are viewed as an essential tool for modernizing facilities.
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Congressional staffers are investigating whether Harding's former consulting company had ties to the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
Meeting comes after House GOP lawmakers pledged not to take any earmarks for one year.
Reform legislation will study FEHBP costs to gauge which insurance plans should include excise tax.
Technology can help agencies tackle new queries and backlogs, federal officials tell lawmakers.
Secretary cites cost overruns and missed deadlines as reasons to move $50 million in Recovery Act funding for the first phase of SBInet to pay for proven technologies.
Harding will have three levels of recusals for dealing with the contracting business he founded in 2003 and the clients and partners of that business.
Plan would require OMB to determine how many similar earmarks there are governmentwide.
Three recent IG reports have found major deficiencies in the system for preventing unethical contractors from getting on the government payroll.
Plan would allow the commission to retain the fees it collects.