Deputy Secretary Gordon England has outlined the responsibilities of the position, which will go to an Obama appointee.
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Officials are optimistic the government will hit a target of reducing processing times for most initial requests to 60 days by the end of 2009.
Former top procurement official faced charges for lying about his relationship with lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
Service officials are undecided on final location and leader for Global Strike Command when it becomes permanent in late 2009.
Obama wants lower-level officials in place as early as possible after Jan. 20.
Business representatives are wary of Rep. Hilda Solis' support of priorities like "card check" legislation to make it easier to form a union, but said immigration could be an area of common ground.
Re-establishing the Patent and Trademark Office as a government corporation is among the recommendations.
Jamie Gorelick expresses optimism that the department can return to its roots, despite "vexing" challenges.
The president-elect and agency officials differ on funding for a new generation of space shuttles.
Job cuts would lead to government inefficiency, says coalition representing more than 200,000 managers.