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Printing office to retain monopoly power

The Government Printing Office will continue its century-old monopoly on federal agencies’ printing jobs, under an agreement the Bush administration announced Friday. The agreement ends Office of Management and Budget Director Mitch Daniels’ year-long quest to let agencies avoid using the printing office as their middle man.

New federal jobs site delayed by legal snags

A revamped federal jobs Web site designed by Monster.com has run into legal delays that may force Uncle Sam to give other companies a chance to work on the site.

New job competition rules shake up agency plans

Some agencies are having trouble adjusting to the government’s new rules for putting federal jobs up for competition with private firms, federal procurement chief Angela Styles said Monday.

OMB releases new rules for federal job competitions

The revised A-76 circular sets tight deadlines for agencies to finish public-private job competitions, but scraps a policy that allowed agencies to turn over work to private contractors without first letting federal employees compete for their jobs.

OMB plans top-level pressure to move agencies out of 'red'

The White House hopes pressure from high-level officials—including President Bush—will prod agencies to improve their marks on the administration's management scorecard.

Administration modifies definition of success in job competition effort

The Bush administration will no longer require federal agencies to finish public-private job competitions on 425,000 federal jobs before they can receive top marks for success in competitive sourcing, a Bush official said Thursday.

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