Agency faces a backlog of more than 750,000 applications.
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Personnel shortages delayed 21 percent of GAO investigations in fiscal 2008.
Oil and gas development could be expanded, but department wants to boost wind and wave power as well.
President also defends “courageous” Pentagon procurement reforms.
Proof of contractors’ eligibility in the HUBZone program would be required under the Federal Acquisition Regulation.
Secretary Tom Vilsack helps in planting, while scientists plan to provide parasite-resistant honey bees for pollination.
Billions of dollars are at stake, but track record in overseeing such projects is decidedly mixed.
Janey Thornton, a former school nutrition director in Kentucky, will serve as deputy undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services.
Senator said he will seek an amendment that would add $550 million in border security funds to stop weapons and cash from being smuggled to the drug cartels.
Head of the agency’s criminal investigation division calls IG’s methodology “biased.”