Department and state officials will identify Atlantic coast areas most suitable for development.
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Sponsors are trying to build on the increasing momentum against earmarks, sparked by the Tea Party and a climate that reviles spending and the large budget deficit.
The two companies vying for the contract each received a one-page document intended for the other.
House majority leader says he will bring the measure to the floor for a vote soon.
Courtney Stadd directed a $600,000 contract to a university that subcontracted with his consulting firm.
Contractor is giving Pentagon benefit of the doubt that an advertent release of sensitive information to its rival won't disrupt competition.
Adm. Gary Roughead says it could be a challenge to obtain congressional authorization to proceed by Dec. 14, when current contract proposals expire.
Plan includes career-track program to speed project approval and improve management.
Move comes after Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., lifts hold on nomination.
Move comes day after Senate measure is unveiled.