Unemployment rose to 8.1 percent in February as the economy lost 651,000 jobs, the Labor Department reported last week.
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The program has more than doubled in costs since its inception and has been delayed 18 months.
All government agencies are prohibited from holding public-private job competitions for rest of fiscal 2009.
Senate would boost funding for food and air safety, but cut Justice's spending on financial management system and security analysis center.
President asks senior officials to check with the attorney general before relying on Bush's signing statements.
Chris Henderson will oversee more than $3 billion the department plans to invest in communities, parks and public lands.
Agencies still are reeling from cuts during the Clinton administration.
A majority of the estimated 1.2 million workers who must be vetted by April 14 have signed up.
The agency plans to hire more than 1,000 employees by October to assist in recovering delinquent taxes.
The Obama administration had asked for an independent review of the program.