This is the Obama administration’s third pick to lead the security agency, which has been without a permanent chief for more than one year.
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Bill includes $33.5 billion for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and $68 million to help with the Gulf oil spill.
Republican language banning agencies from paying employees caught viewing explicit images on work computers unravels technology bill.
President decries "cozy relationship" between agency, industry.
Officials say purchase would save 10 percent over a traditional contract.
Unions feel confident OPM review will lead to program’s elimination.
Program that includes small unmanned air and ground vehicles is emerging as one of the biggest targets for cuts in the fiscal 2011 defense authorization bill.
Increase is fueled by spending to invigorate the economy and a fall in revenue.
Other approved funds included $168 billion for the military's operations and maintenance accounts.
Rep. Steven Buyer, R-Ind., tells Veterans Affairs secretary that hundreds of the department’s contractors are not adhering to rules and regulations requiring them to encrypt data stored on computers.