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Agencies must put up for competition at least 5 percent of the positions on their Federal Activities Inventory Reform Act lists over the next fiscal year, OMB has announced.
The federal government has spent the past five years in a race to help local governments prepare for a chemical attack by terrorists. The initial sprint was good; the middle distance is proving to be harder.
Secretary of State Colin Powell is asking Congress for a 14 percent increase in the State Department’s operating budget next year, with much of the money aimed at filling job vacancies, buying new computer equipment and improving embassy security.
A growing number of observers say challenging agency outsourcing lists under the FAIR Act is a waste of time. But a Bush administration plan to put hundreds of thousands of jobs up for competition may change that.