Proposal would spend $158 million to increase the size of the procurement workforce by 5 percent.
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Department also dedicates fiscal 2011 funding to bioterror countermeasures.
From Nextgov.com: Budget freeze could lead agencies to focus on IT projects that reduce costs, report says
Agencies should strategically invest in solutions such as standardization and cloud computing that lead to less spending.
Terminating or reducing funding for those programs would save more than $20 billion, White House officials say.
Challenge will be balancing spending to spur job growth with efforts to keep the deficit in check.
The Pentagon should not get a pass as administration officials and lawmakers look for places to trim spending, Rep. John Boehner says.
Administration requests $548.9 billion for the department's base budget -- a 3.4 percent boost over fiscal 2010 enacted levels -- and $159.3 billion to pay for the wars.
Grants accounted for most of the spending and employment opportunities, but contracts also played a part, according to the latest statistics.
Budget includes agency-identified, high-priority performance goals for the first time.
Department proposal calls for significant budget cuts, but would boost investment in renewable energy, climate change initiatives.