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Bill would streamline first responder grant programs

June 23, 2003 Federal agencies that provide grants to first responders in state and local governments would be required to streamline their application processes for federal aid under legislation sponsored by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine. Collins' bill, S. 1245, would move two key first responder grant programs into the Office of Homeland Security...

Legislation would put a lid on job competitions at Interior, Forest Service

June 20, 2003 Competitive sourcing programs at the Forest Service and most Interior Department agencies would grind to a halt next year under legislation approved by a key House appropriations subcommittee. The measure, Section 335 in the appropriations bill for Interior and related agencies, would block funding for new public-private job competitions in...

Union sues Bush administration over new job competition rules

June 19, 2003 The National Treasury Employees Union is suing the Bush administration over new rules for putting federal jobs up for competition with private firms, alleging the revised Office of Management and Budget Circular A-76 violates federal law. The union filed suit in U.S. district court Thursday challenging portions of the new...

Border agency merger already paying dividends, official says

June 18, 2003 The merger of four federal border agencies into the new Bureau of Customs and Border Protection has already tightened security along the U.S. border, an official guiding the reorganization said Wednesday. Andrew Maner, chief of staff and director of the transition management office at the new agency, said the border...

Chief acquisition officer proposal wins endorsement

June 17, 2003 Congress should require each civilian agency to put a high-level executive in charge of acquisition policy, the General Accounting Office recommends in a new report. The watchdog agency endorsed a proposal to create chief acquisition officers at civilian agencies in an assessment of H.R. 1837, the Services Acquisition Reform Act...

Dems ask for review of Park Service job competition plan

June 16, 2003 The National Park Service should not cut visitor services to pay for competitive sourcing studies mandated by the Bush administration, 111 House Democrats said Monday. In a June 16 letter to Joshua Bolten, President Bush's nominee to be director of the Office of Management and Budget, the lawmakers urged OMB...

After the Pact

June 15, 2003 Concern about the cost of contracting could lead the Housing and Urban Development Department to bring some work back in house. very day, federal agencies rely on contractors to handle tasks that are too specialized, too short-lived, or too costly to be performed by civil servants. Contractors are the extra...

Tall Order

June 15, 2003 Agencies are battling their own cultures as they try to comply with the Bush administration's directive to let companies compete for 425,000 federal jobs. omeone unfamiliar with government might think Uncle Sam wouldn't want to lose a worker like archeologist Douglas Scott. At the National Park Service, Scott is an...

Seafood inspectors should not be eligible for outsourcing, Dems say

June 13, 2003 Seafood inspectors at the Commerce Department perform "inherently governmental" work and should not be forced to compete with private contractors to keep their jobs, a group of congressional Democrats said Thursday. Turning seafood inspection over to contractors could hurt the U.S. seafood industry and open the door to outsourcing federal...

Senate passes amendment that would stop FAA job competition

June 12, 2003 Defying a veto threat from the White House, the Senate passed legislation Thursday that would stop the Federal Aviation Administration from holding a public-private job competition on 2,700 agency employees. By a 56 to 41 vote, the Senate approved an amendment by Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., to the FAA reauthorization bill,...