Braulio Castillo gained notoriety last year when Congress questioned the validity of his firm's service-disabled veteran-owned small business status. Now he stands accused of killing his estranged wife and co-owner, Michelle.
Nomination requires Senate approval; no replacement named for general's current post as Air Force deputy assistant secretary for contracting.
The Senate Appropriations chairwoman -- whose state is home to more than 100,000 federal employees -- could be agencies' best hope for a return to regular order.
Longtime department leader will assist with transition until July.
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