Panel members question Blackwater executive's claim that companies already are covered under a variety of statutes.
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Former employee says the agency should look at novel ways to fund its activities and involve the public.
USDA exec says implementing law passed last year will require “substantial modifications” to the agency’s systems.
House committee says Blackwater has reported more shooting incidents than two other protective services contractors combined.
Contractor representatives say certain legislative language could make doing business with government burdensome.
Measure contains language that would infringe on the president’s responsibility to supervise the executive branch officers, administration argues.
Budget and staffing issues have put the security of federal correctional officers at risk, labor officials say.
Champion of restrictions says the Army is not interpreting new limits on metals from foreign suppliers correctly, and could get a temporary waiver.
Groups can play a key role in crisis, but support and expectations need to be clear, panelists say at hearing.
Proponents of the position say it needs to be occupied by an official who can give it his or her full attention.