Initiative continues through September.
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Contract spending increased by 4 percent in fiscal 2009, a considerably lower growth rate than in prior years.
Winners will receive millions of dollars in prize money for developing innovations in satellite launch technology, energy storage and robotics.
Restructuring aims to eliminate conflicts of interest in offshore energy management.
The House passed a measure earlier this month capping discretionary spending for fiscal 2011 at $1.121 trillion.
Measure would split the troubled Minerals Management Service into three entities so that leasing, oversight and revenue-collection operations would be separate.
CMS identified more than $1 billion in improper payments between 2005 and 2008.
Democrats are likely to ignore a GOP proposal to cap fiscal 2011 discretionary spending at $1.108 trillion, about $20 billion less than Obama requested.
Department also will alert lawmakers to large sole-source task or delivery orders.
Older products long ago opted to comply with stricter standards, giving later entrants that can focus on simpler requirements the advantage, consultants say.