Congressional appropriators struck key deals Monday to reach a "veto proof" fiscal 2004 omnibus appropriations bill, but new roadblocks may keep the bill on hold until next year.
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A Bush administration official says the recent political fight over competitive sourcing issues has not distracted the Office of Federal Procurement Policy from its traditional responsibilities.
The White House has raised last-minute objections to measures governing federal job competitions in the conference report on the fiscal 2004 Transportation-Treasury budget bill, and may pressure lawmakers to alter the language.
Members of a House-Senate conference committee have agreed on a measure that would make it easier for federal employees to compete against private firms for their jobs.