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Army sets standards for tracking contractor workforce

January 5, 2001 The Army has established standards for counting the number of contractors that work for it, a move that the largest federal employee labor union says should be replicated by all of the armed services. In a Dec. 26 Federal Register announcement, the Army laid out detailed rules for counting its...

Downsizing Detour

January 1, 2001 DoD managers are proving that outsourcing jobs isn't always the best way to save billions ne day in 1998, managers at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane, Ind., heard chilling news: They had to target nearly a fifth of the sprawling, 100-square-mile base's civilian workforce for possible outsourcing. The...

Second round of outsourcing lists released

December 18, 2000 The Office of Management and Budget has released a new list of tens of thousands of federal jobs that could be opened to commercial competition. The Federal Activities Inventory Reform (FAIR) Act requires agencies to review their workforces each year and come up with lists of federal jobs that could...

Union challenges Veterans Affairs outsourcing list

December 13, 2000 The American Federation of Government Employees is challenging the Veterans Affairs Department's move to list 185,000 of its jobs as being commercial and therefore possible candidates for privatization. "AFGE challenges the listing of these jobs as commercial; they should be designated as inherently governmental," Bobby Harnage, the union's president, wrote...

Pentagon's A-76 savings can't be verified

December 8, 2000 The Defense Department's outsourcing efforts are saving money, but the amount of savings is unclear because of limited cost and savings data, according to a new General Accounting Office report. In the report, "DoD Competitive Sourcing: Results of A-76 Studies Over the Past Five Years" (GAO-01-20), auditors said they could...

The Army has turned to the private sector to solve its logistical nightmare of scrapping an aging supply-chain computer system and designing a new one.

November 1, 2000 s the United States built up forces for Operation Desert Storm nearly a decade ago, Rosemary Pierson, an inventory manager at the Army's Communications Electronics Command at Fort Monmouth, N.J., doubted that the service's aging logistics computer system could accurately and quickly record when weapons and other key supplies made...

President signs bill providing pay raise, TSP participation for troops

November 1, 2000 President Clinton signed a $309.9 billion fiscal 2001 Department of Defense authorization bill Monday that includes a pay raise for the military, increases procurement spending and addresses a host of civilian and service-member personnel issues. Both House and Senate authorizers added billions of dollars that were not initially requested by...

Air Force reverses A-76 decision, saves 700 jobs

October 30, 2000 The U.S. Air Force has reversed an A-76 job competition at a Texas Air Force base, saving the jobs of more than 700 Defense Department civilian employees and cancelling an outsourcing contract worth hundreds of million of dollars. On Oct. 25, the Air Force sided with the employees at Lackland...

DoD sees shortage of acquisition workers

October 20, 2000 The Defense Department is facing a shortage of civilian acquisition workers after more than a decade of downsizing, according to a new Pentagon report. Furthermore, the report says, new personnel management strategies must be put in place immediately to keep current employees and attract new ones. "The Department of Defense...

Army oversight of huge contract found lacking

October 11, 2000 gcahlink@govexec.com The Army must do a better job managing an unprecedented $2.2 billion service contract that supports troops in the Balkans, according to a new General Accounting Office report. Since 1995, the Army has contracted with Brown and Root Services of Houston, Texas, to provide logistical support-ranging from mail delivery...

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