Commission split over possible contract extension, considers bringing operation in-house.
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Agency chief defends deputy for sending out an officewide e-mail that staff and lawmakers have called intimidating.
Bill authorizes $250 million in relief funds for the state of Minnesota to use in the repairs of the Interstate-35W bridge.
Interior inspector general questioned about interactions between scientists and policy-makers.
Senators are making a similar effort; witnesses at hearing say changes would bring greater transparency, more competition.
Measure encourages maximum competition and limits length of non-competitive contracts awarded under exceptional circumstances.
Large numbers of House member retirements concentrated in one party would be telling.
In the past when lawmakers have failed to act fast enough, Treasury has been forced to borrow from government retirement funds.
Winners aren’t guaranteed work; agencies can still shop around among the awardees or look outside the list of pre-selected vendors.
Democratic control of Congress and ensuing legislative resistance partly to blame for lack of progress, OMB says.