House panel limits new Defense job competitions

The House Armed Services Committee has voted to put a limit on the number of federal jobs the Pentagon may subject to new public-private competitions in fiscal 2002. Only 3,000 Pentagon jobs could be targeted for potential outsourcing next year under a provision in the House Armed Services Military Readiness Subcommittee markup approved last month. The measure was approved by the full committee last week and is now part of the Defense authorization bill (H.R. 2586). While Congress typically appropriates funds for public-private competitions at the Defense Department, it has never before set a limit on the number of Pentagon jobs that can be put up for competition. The committee imposed the limit so the Pentagon would only start competitions it can pay for, according to the report on the bill. "The committee is increasingly concerned with the outsourcing process and believes the agencies and services are under too much budgetary pressure to initiate and complete studies," said the report. "The committee recommends limiting the number of functions to be studied to the funding available to initiate and conduct a study." Under the limit, the Army can start competitions on no more than 328 civilian full-time equivalent (FTE) positions. The Navy may review up to 453 new FTEs, while the Air Force is capped at 936 FTEs and other defense agencies at 1336 FTEs. No civilians working for the Marine Corps may be subject to new competitions. The provision does not affect ongoing Pentagon job competitions. The Defense Department had 399 public-private competitions involving more than 31,000 civilian jobs under way at the end of last year, according to Pentagon figures. Representatives from both federal employee unions and contractor associations agreed the competition limit is at odds with Bush administration plans to open more federal jobs to private sector competition. "We would regard this as a repudiation of the [Bush] administration's overall approach to outsourcing issues," said John Threlkeld, a lobbyist with the American Federation of Government Employees. Threlkeld said that Congress will likely place limits on public-private competitions at other agencies. "As [public-private competitions] are applied in non-Defense agencies, you'll see this happen in federal agencies more and more," he said. George Sigalos, spokesman for the Contract Services Association, said that the committee's action only hurts taxpayers who benefit from public-private competition. "The [Bush] administration wants to open more positions to competition, which ultimately benefits the taxpayer," said Sigalos. "This limit flies in the face of that effort." The Defense authorization bill will be introduced on the House floor after the August recess.
Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Sponsored by G Suite

    Cross-Agency Teamwork, Anytime and Anywhere

    Dan McCrae, director of IT service delivery division, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

    Download
  • Data-Centric Security vs. Database-Level Security

    Database-level encryption had its origins in the 1990s and early 2000s in response to very basic risks which largely revolved around the theft of servers, backup tapes and other physical-layer assets. As noted in Verizon’s 2014, Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR)1, threats today are far more advanced and dangerous.

    Download
  • Sponsored by One Identity

    One Nation Under Guard: Securing User Identities Across State and Local Government

    In 2016, the government can expect even more sophisticated threats on the horizon, making it all the more imperative that agencies enforce proper identity and access management (IAM) practices. In order to better measure the current state of IAM at the state and local level, Government Business Council (GBC) conducted an in-depth research study of state and local employees.

    Download
  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    The Next Federal Evolution of Cloud

    This GBC report explains the evolution of cloud computing in federal government, and provides an outlook for the future of the cloud in government IT.

    Download
  • Sponsored by LTC Partners, administrators of the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program

    Approaching the Brink of Federal Retirement

    Approximately 10,000 baby boomers are reaching retirement age per day, and a growing number of federal employees are preparing themselves for the next chapter of their lives. Learn how to tackle the challenges that today's workforce faces in laying the groundwork for a smooth and secure retirement.

    Download
  • Sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    Cyber Defense 101: Arming the Next Generation of Government Employees

    Read this issue brief to learn about the sector's most potent challenges in the new cyber landscape and how government organizations are building a robust, threat-aware infrastructure

    Download
  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    GBC Issue Brief: Cultivating Digital Services in the Federal Landscape

    Read this GBC issue brief to learn more about the current state of digital services in the government, and how key players are pushing enhancements towards a user-centric approach.

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.