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GAO seeks public input on job competition appeals process

June 12, 2003 The General Accounting Office is looking for public input on whether federal employee teams who lose public-private job competitions should be allowed to file appeals with GAO's bid protest office. In a Federal Register notice to be published Friday, GAO will ask the public for comments on how new job...

White House threatens to veto FAA bill over privatization language

June 11, 2003 The White House is threatening to veto the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill if it includes language that blocks the agency from outsourcing air traffic control jobs. Despite repeated statements that it has no plans to outsource air traffic controllers, the Bush administration is resisting a measure in the House...

Critics assail Davis-backed procurement reform

June 9, 2003 A procurement reform championed by Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., is drawing fire from critics who charge it could weaken oversight of certain federal contracts and potentially subject the government to mammoth cost overruns. The measure, which was included in the House-passed version of the Defense authorization bill (H.R. 1588), would...

Democrats say job competitions could hurt diversity at Park Service

June 6, 2003 A White House program to put federal jobs up for competition with private contractors could hurt workplace diversity at the National Park Service, a group of House Democrats said Friday. The Democrats, led by Reps. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Steny Hoyer, D-Md., will ask the Office of Management and Budget...

Bush management push wins praise from Clinton official

June 5, 2003 The Bush administration's effort to ramp up progress on its five-part management agenda has won praise from a veteran of the Clinton-era reinventing government campaign. John Kamensky, who served as deputy director of the National Partnership for Reinventing Government (NPR) in the Clinton administration, said the Bush "Proud to Be"...

Port security dispute holds up OMB management nominee

June 4, 2003 A dispute over port security funding is holding up President Bush's nomination of Clay Johnson to be deputy director of management at the Office of Management and Budget. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., has put a hold on Johnson's nomination to protest a move by the Transportation Security Administration to use...

New job competition rules shake up agency plans

June 2, 2003 Some agencies are having trouble adjusting to the government's new rules for putting federal jobs up for competition with private firms, federal procurement chief Angela Styles said Monday. Styles, speaking at a luncheon at the Heritage Foundation, a Washington-based think tank, said some agencies have questioned whether they must stop...

Terrorism course proves popular with federal managers

May 30, 2003 Federal executives are lining up to take an Army course that teaches strategies for coping with the management issues posed by terrorism. The one-day course, developed by the Army's Edgewood Chemical Biological Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., provides a basic overview of chemical and biological weapons and strategies for...

New rules should make competition routine in government, says OMB

May 29, 2003 Pledging to make public-private competition a routine part of how government does business, Office of Management and Budget officials unveiled their long-awaited overhaul of the government's job competition process on Thursday. The new process, contained in a revised version of OMB Circular A-76, sets tight deadlines for job competitions and...

OMB releases new rules for federal job competitions

May 28, 2003 The Office of Management and Budget has completed revisions of the federal government's policy on public-private job competitions, setting tight deadlines for agencies to complete them, but also scrapping a policy that allowed agencies to turn over work to private contractors without letting federal employees compete for their jobs. The...