Lawmakers express mixed feelings about effectiveness of president's plan to to freeze nonsecurity discretionary spending.
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President is expected to focus on jobs and a new-found emphasis on fighting deficit spending in speech.
Budget cuts targeting personnel at the counterterrorism center have been canceled in wake of attempted bombing on Christmas Day.
USDA secretary's new appointees do not require Senate confirmation.
But federal management issues play a small role in president’s first State of the Union address.
Some agencies will see budgets go up, others down in overall proposal to cap nonsecurity discretionary spending.
Co-chairmen of the 9/11 Commission say "fractured and overlapping" congressional committee jurisdiction continues to be an issue.
Long-term efforts to rein in the federal deficit will require taking a hard look at the Pentagon's spending, observers say.
Some nonsecurity programs still will see funding increases under President Obama’s fiscal 2011 budget request.
Attempted bombing on Christmas Day created a sense of urgency for establishing international standards.