The South Carolina primary could be pivotal for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
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Democrats point out that Congress hasn’t passed a veterans appropriations measure before the end of the fiscal year since fiscal 1997.
Defense officials say the office would be redundant and deplete the department’s regular inspector general of needed personnel.
New bill will not include a provision that allows IGs to send their budgets directly to Congress; White House had objected to that language.
The agency continues to struggle with a financial shortfall as it prepares to conduct the 2010 census.
Two-thirds of Americans questioned said they don’t understand how government spends its money; 92 percent said they’re unsure the best value is received on contracts.
Hearing will serve as a reminder that federal officials must steer clear of politics on the job during the 2008 elections.
Oregon Democrat who placed the hold wants assurances that the agency will take steps to prevent unethical behavior.
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.