Senate is expected to consider the measure on Tuesday and the goal is to complete conference negotiations before the Memorial Day recess.
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Emergency management veterans say placing the agency in the Homeland Security Department starved it of resources and decision-making power.
Plan would expand workforce and revise processes to keep programs on time and within budget.
With limited resources, procurement officials try to spend funds quickly and efficiently.
Oversight subcommittee is collecting data about the business practices of Alaskan firms for a July hearing.
DHS chief says the funding could be used to send extra troops to curb border violence.
Plan aims to control cost increases and delays within weapon programs.
Top Pentagon officials are emphasizing that the future of aviation rests largely in unmanned aerial vehicle-technology that has been used increasingly in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Lawmakers question the plan to relocate 8,000 Marines from bases in Japan and challenge the fund request for research on shipbuilding programs whose future is in doubt.
Legal experts disagree on whether a pending bill can protect employee rights and national security simultaneously.