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A lack of accountability, contract bundling and preferences for Alaska native firms are also cited as obstacles facing small companies seeking federal work.
Legislation would require the Homeland Security and State departments to expedite processing and streamline screening.
Agency is hindering investigations into corruption in Iraq and the controversial security firm Blackwater USA, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., says.
Position differs from that in proposal from presidential advisory group, which stayed within the framework of the agency’s current resources and authorities.
Maneuvering for language condemning recent ad by anti-war group comes amid partisan rhetoric over slow progress on annual spending bills.
Despite uncertainty over whether a senator’s concerns will be addressed, there appears to be a growing expectation that the nomination will be considered.
House Democrat suggests department chief offered misleading testimony earlier this month when he said he thought senior leaders would stay on.