David Safavian, a former senior administration official, will be sentenced in one month.
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Agencies must report to OPM on use of the new authority by the end of the year.
Proposed change to pending transparency rule would prevent members from personally benefiting from an earmark.
Request comes after GAO report that allegations rose 50 percent last year over fiscal 2004.
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee leader calls proposal “recipe for crippling” manufacturing and commerce.
Despite reorganization of congressional committees in late 2004, jurisdiction remains spread among multiple panels.