Omnibus spending bill would impose new reporting requirements on "centers of excellence" -- operations within one agency that handle back-office functions for several agencies.
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Utility-based model designed to shift risk from government to industry.
Vehicles would be purchased with $82 million included in $2.7 billion budget for border security.
Provision prohibits agencies from collecting search fees if they fail to respond to a request in 20 days.
Coast Guard had proposed to terminate system; legislation says that would be premature.
Increases are centered in the areas of health care and homeland security.
Move marks the first time a governmentwide acquisition contract has been set aside solely for small business contractors.
Department told to focus on improving interoperability of medical records systems and hire more claims processors.
Key consulting firm is one of largest federal contractors.
Voice over IP, HSPD-12 and enterprise architecture top 2008 agenda.