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OMB set to unveil new competition process

The Office of Management and Budget is poised to eliminate direct conversions and approve new methods for “streamlined” public-private job competitions as part of its rewrite of federal outsourcing rules, the government's procurement chief said Tuesday.

Printing changes still on the way, OMB says

New rules allowing federal agencies to purchase printing services directly from private firms will be issued “in the near future,” an Office of Management and Budget spokesman said Friday. In the meantime, agencies still must go through the Government Printing Office for most jobs.

GAO to broadly probe Iraq contracts

The General Accounting Office will launch a broad-scale probe into methods and secrecy that surrounds awarding of contracts to rebuild Iraq, Comptroller General David Walker said Thursday in an interview with National Journal Group reporters.