Detailed guidelines for granting award-fee contracts are on the way, Obama administration management chief tells lawmakers.
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Lawmakers say a short-term funding extension is likely, but hold out hope they will be able to pass the appropriations bills individually rather than in an omnibus.
Head of Budget Committee says he expects agriculture programs to stay largely protected in the deficit reduction program he and the panel's ranking member have proposed.
Despite push for contracting reforms, President Obama has yet to name an executive to lead central policy shop.
More than $1.5 billion in stimulus funds have gone to 17 of the largest government contractors.
Much of the information in Smartronix's winning proposal was redacted to protect competitive information.
Bill requires more government inspections and oversight of food manufacturers and gives the FDA authority to order recalls.
Committee plans to consider its last spending bill -- the Defense appropriations measure -- in early September.
Three legislative watchdogs from varied backgrounds step into new oversight territory.
Absence of strategic plan has led to inconsistent policies, report says.