State of the Union address also touches on impending budget cuts.
Darrell Issa would like to change the way the government decides to bar some companies from contract eligibility.
The budget squeeze coupled with a bill to change the small-business targets add up to a challenge for contracting officers.
House Speaker Boehner insists that only spending cuts should be involved in avoiding sequestration.
Bills failed in 2012 in part for fear that businesses would object. Now a senator's survey suggests that private sector attutudes may be more nuanced.
Few people think sequestration will be averted a second time, and preparation is underway at the Defense Department.
Legislation would codify and strengthen a presidential memo from 2011.
While his controversial statements on homosexuals and Israel are more widely known, the Defense secretary nominee may also have to answer for what he has said about the DOD budget.
Chairman Buck McKeon and ranking member Adam Smith announce the roster of leaders for the Committee's new makeup.
An online tool allows the public to contribute to the debate on federal budge priorities.
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