Industry representatives on Tuesday defended Office of Management and Budget rules that require in-house teams winning government contracts to re-compete for projects at regular intervals. Unions and lawmakers have recently questioned the rules.
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On the scale of the mammoth $369 billion Defense spending bill, a $3 million earmark to develop a lifesaving fabric for wounded soldiers is a pittance. But it symbolizes the hope of saving a textile mill in Lawrence, Mass.
In taking an activist approach to funding and managing the federal government, President Bush has reversed the anti-government conservatism of his GOP predecessors.
The Office of Management and Budget will no longer hold agencies to governmentwide numerical targets for competitive sourcing—including the goal of opening 425,000 federal jobs to private competition—federal procurement chief Angela Styles said Thursday.