Defense appropriations measure could move separately next week; a dilemma remains over how to handle additional war-related spending.
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Service needs thousands more procurement personnel working on better-defined career paths, independent commission says.
Prepositioned contracts for ready-to-eat meals and water helped avoid another Katrina, officials say.
Contractors say automated system for confirming the legal status of workers is error-prone.
Chuck Conner says he will work with Bush’s nominee to head the department; some are surprised Conner did not get the nomination himself.
Republicans say oversight committee Democrats tend to pressure witnesses and to publicize information before it is vetted sufficiently.
Republicans are pushing for the separation of the two measures remaining in the package – the military construction-VA bill and the Labor-HHS bill.
A relatively small investment in IT could make oversight far more effective, former agency official tells lawmakers.
Aerospace execs say the long process and pay disparities shut out strong candidates.
Edward Schafer will replace Mike Johanns, who resigned last month to launch a Senate bid.