President says infusion of 4,000 troops will bolster Afghan army.
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Tom Vilsack cites technology and personnel as critical to good government management.
Some businesses have given up on competing against ANCs for government work.
Agency spokesman says focus of hearing is too closely aligned with ongoing "predecisional" budget and acquisition discussions within Defense.
Jon Cannon says the scrutiny surrounding former foundation was a "distraction" to the agency.
Service plans to boost its acquisition workforce by 131 military employees and 347 civilian workers in fiscal 2009, officials say.
The Small Business Administration promises improvements after the second report of rampant abuse in less than a year.
Majority leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he would not rule out using the reconciliation process if Republicans threaten to block a floor vote.
For four of 40 retail products, investigators could not even identify facilities likely to have handled the food.
Homeland Security and State Department have joint responsibility for timeliness of immigration benefits.