Organization and equipment challenges bedevil Army, Marine Corps and special operations forces, new reports say.
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Senators aim to wrap up confirmation by the end of the week.
Agency's year-end numbers indicate it exceeded some of its targets.
Nonprofit leaders praise team members, and roll out their own agendas.
The new IG would be separate from the Treasury Department and would be required to make regular reports to Congress.
Leading House Republican on procurement issues announced retirement earlier this year.
Finance executives from the private sector will have a lot to learn about federal operations.
Obama focuses on groundwork, rather than major appointments.
Regulation that takes effect on Jan. 15 has a higher threshold for contracts subject to the employee vetting requirement .
More than 20 agencies governmentwide administer foreign assistance programs.