Transportation spokeswoman says there was no time to competitively bid contracts to administer the program.
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Chamber will be in session Tuesday and Wednesday next week, then will break until Jan. 19.
Grassley says program's fast turnaround created an “environment ripe for waste, fraud and abuse.”
As federal performance chief, entrepreneur Jeffrey Zients takes on his toughest project yet -- improving government.
Agency will be forced to operate on a "bare-bones budget" that would not allow adequate hiring, unless it receives more funds, chief says.
Additional medical evacuation helicopters to support the troop buildup in Afghanistan are among the aircraft needed.
Changes include additional environmental analysis.
The Veterans Affairs Department and Kaiser Permanente will exchange electronic patient files to test if they can improve care and lower costs by reducing redundant lab procedures.
The president's uneasy tug-of-war with lobbyists will only intensify in 2010.
Northrop Grumman will open its new corporate office in the capital area by summer 2011.