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House, Senate finally near deal on huge spending bill

House and Senate negotiators are near a deal on a fiscal 2004 omnibus spending bill encompassing more than half of the federal government's agencies and programs, despite Bush administration concerns about provisions regading public-private job competitions in the bill.

OMB deputy: Debate over job competitions not a distraction

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.