Measure would make the secretary of HHS the lead federal official responsible for public health and medical responses to emergencies.
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On-campus poster and Web campaign will feature the stories of young civil servants.
House passed its version of the measure last month, but White House has not been pushing the bill as hard in the Senate.
A House committee approved a bill Thursday elevating the IT chief's status.
House and Senate bills differ in whether contracts would be included in addition to grants.
Votes fall along party lines with key Democrat concerned commissions would be partisan, put agencies on “extermination” schedules.
Appropriations bill also retains language introduced last year to limit public-private competitions.
Bill would require the VA secretary to hire an outside agency to conduct a risk analysis after security breaches.
House Transportation-Treasury spending bill includes language barring agency from contracting with the private sector for collections.