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Senators float plan to resolve Air Force tanker lease flap

Senate Armed Services Committee chairman John Warner, R-Va., and ranking member Carl Levin, D-Mich., Thursday urged the Pentagon to consider leasing up to 25 refueling aircraft in the near term while buying the remaining number of tankers later through traditional procurement practices.

White House threatens veto over proposed A-76 amendments

President Bush will likely veto the $90 billion 2004 Transportation-Treasury appropriations bill if the final version includes language impeding his administration’s competitive sourcing initiative, the Office of Management and Budget said Thursday.

Contractor workforce grows as civil service shrinks

The government’s “shadow workforce” of contractors grew by 727,000 positions between 1999 and 2002, while the civil service got smaller, according to a new estimate by the Brookings Institution.