Civil service rules would not stop a federally run airport security system from making quick hires or firing poor performers under legislation introduced by Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., on Thursday.
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Federal employees will lead an effort to supervise contractors and tighten security at airports across the country, President Bush said Thursday.
More than 200,000 federal jobs could be performed in the private sector under the 1998 Federal Activities and Inventory Reform Act, according to the first round of 2001 job inventories released Wednesday.
The House removed a series of measures in the Defense authorization bill on Tuesday that would have limited outsourcing and allowed Defense employees to compete for work that is traditionally reserved for contractors.
The Bush administration is not yet ready to turn airport security over to the federal government, Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta told Congress on Thursday.