Transportation Department favors market-based solutions, but outside observers say these solutions are unproven.
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Nevada nuclear waste repository will come with a price tag of more than $90 billion.
Department may have to delay state grants to make first responder communications interoperable.
Most respondents say government is less capable now than in the past.
Both want more troops on the ground and both reject many of President Bush's policies; differences emerge on nuclear weapons, defense spending and the priority placed on the war in Afghanistan.
More than 240 small disadvantaged businesses will compete for multiple award contracts.
Steve Preston is boosting spirits through gestures such as eating lunch in the cafeteria with employees.
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.
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.