The goal is still to make an award by the end of the year, but protests or proposals to use a different aircraft could cause delays.
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Appropriations chairman encourages Senate leaders to finish work on the bills, despite a growing consensus that a stopgap measure will be necessary.
Federal prosecutors had been investigating allegations by former office employees that Stuart Bowen and his deputy signed off on improper monitoring of employee e-mails.
In a letter to President Bush, Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa decries the Washington practice of leaving federal vehicles running while waiting for prominent passengers.
The Pentagon has acknowledged that 11 soldiers and two contractors have died in Iraq as a result of faulty wiring systems.
Employees say Jim Byrne was critical of the Special Counsel's management style, but did not resign in protest.
IT developers will be able to pay monthly for computing resources to test new software applications.
Systems' failure to track payments brings into question $1.7 billion in unbilled services, GAO says.
Former Defense official says he personally saw one contractor submit $1 billion in overcharges to the Army.
Fight started before the July 4 recess, when Republicans attempted to attach the Interior appropriations bill to the Labor-HHS one.