The hearing will pit leaders from the nation's largest federal-employee union against proponents of smaller government.

Federal agencies singled out the reports as part of an effort to reduce unnecessary analyses, as required by a 2010 law.

The White House announced the finalists for its SAVE Award competition, which solicits ideas for workplace efficiency from federal employees.

There are opportunities to consolidate government programs but the job won't be easy, quick or cheap, according to a newly released study.