In a move that ratchets up a surprising separation-of-powers battle between the executive and legislative branches, Congress on Thursday ordered the White House to go through the Government Printing Office to print the 2004 budget.
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In what would be the biggest privatization project ever attempted by a federal agency, the Army is planning to let private companies compete for the jobs of more than 200,000 soldiers and civilians.
The White House does not have the authority to declare unconstitutional a law requiring federal agencies to go through the Government Printing Office to buy printing goods and services, a Senator said this week.
The Defense Department will look at consolidating various operations and experiment with new financial management techniques as part of an ongoing effort to overhaul business operations.