Oregon Democrat who placed the hold wants assurances that the agency will take steps to prevent unethical behavior.
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Sides are locked in a stalemate over Democratic plans to spend about $23 billion more than the $933 billion Bush wants.
Proposal would split new version of the contract vehicle into three parts.
The agency at times takes on added costs to recreate lost files and in some cases burdens taxpayers by requesting additional information during that process, GAO says.
Advocates claim the agency is deliberately stalling a mandated program to help women-owned companies do more business with the government.
President Bush uses the news to call on Congress to exercise fiscal restraint and not raise taxes.
Agency spokeswoman says it’s “premature to speculate” about major policy changes.
House expected to pass measure blocking outsourcing, but prospects in Senate are dimmer.
The increase in applications expected as interest in nuclear power grows poses a serious management challenge for the commission.
Prospects for passage could be tougher in Senate; President Bush has threatened a veto.