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Legislators drop amendment banning outsourcing targets

February 12, 2003 In a victory for the Office of Management and Budget, lawmakers have dropped language from the fiscal 2003 omnibus appropriations bill that would have curtailed OMB's drive to let private contractors bid on federal jobs. House and Senate conferees scrapped a House-passed provision that would have prohibited OMB from setting...

Most agencies receive clean financial audits

February 6, 2003 A record 21 federal agencies received clean financial audits for fiscal 2002, a sign that federal accounting operations are improving, the Office of Management and Budget announced Thursday. For the first time ever, the Agriculture Department earned a clean audit, due to improved financial management at the Forest Service and...

Bill would stop FAA job competition

February 5, 2003 A public-private job competition involving 2,700 Federal Aviation Administration employees-the biggest job competition in government-would grind to a halt under legislation to be introduced by Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., a spokesman said Tuesday. The Lautenberg bill, to be offered next week, will designate nearly all FAA air traffic control jobs...

Senate Dems criticize OMB competitive sourcing plan

February 4, 2003 Thirty-five Senate Democrats Tuesday criticized a White House effort to open 425,000 federal jobs to private sector competition, saying the competition drive is biased in favor of contractors and could end up hurting employees in the pocketbook. The lawmakers were particularly critical of administration revisions to Office of Management and...

Shuttle disaster came amid privatization debate

February 3, 2003 NASA was considering several alternatives for privatizing the space shuttle fleet-including shifting full ownership of the $3.2 billion program to private contractors-when the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated on Saturday. The options, outlined in a December 2002 report by a Rand Corp. panel, ranged from complete privatization to consolidating existing shuttle...

Ridge announces reorganization of border agencies

January 30, 2003 Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge Thursday announced a major restructuring of the agencies that protect the nation's borders. The restructuring marks the Bush administration's first use of authority, provided in the Homeland Security Act, to reorganize agencies that are part of the massive department. "One of our first goals for...

Homeland Security agencies could get pass on new job competitions

January 30, 2003 The biggest government reorganization in 50 years may bring a partial reprieve from competitive sourcing to agencies moving to the Homeland Security Department. On a case-by-case basis, the Office of Management and Budget will consider whether agencies headed to the new department should get a pass from new public-private job...

Lawmakers reject amendment to ban outsourcing targets

January 24, 2003 The Senate rejected an attempt to put the brakes on the Bush administration's competitive sourcing initiative Thursday. By a 50 to 47 vote, the Senate scrapped an amendment to the omnibus appropriations bill that would have prevented the Office of Management and Budget from setting numerical targets for competitive sourcing....

Ban on job competition targets stripped from Senate bill

January 17, 2003 The Senate has removed language from an omnibus fiscal 2003 appropriations bill that would have blocked the White House from putting thousands of federal jobs up for competition with private firms. But Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., an opponent of the administration's initiative, plans to reintroduce the language as an amendment...

Ridge vows to set performance targets for Homeland Security

January 17, 2003 Tom Ridge, President Bush's choice to head the Homeland Security Department, said at his Senate confirmation hearing Friday that he would hold the agency to strict performance targets. At the hearing, before the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, Ridge pledged to work with employees to improve management at the new department....