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Two union-backed outsourcing measures added to Senate Defense bill

June 15, 2004 Legislation to give civil servants new rights to challenge government outsourcing decisions inched closer to law Monday when the Senate attached it to the fiscal 2005 Defense authorization bill. The legislation, sponsored by Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Carl Levin, D-Mich., would let federal workers appeal the outcome of public-private...

Army contractor count stymied by red tape

June 3, 2004 More than two years after then-Army Secretary Thomas White ordered the service to gather information on its contractor workforce, including firms that support military operations, the service has collected no data, according to Army officials. The project, authorized in a March 2002 memorandum from White, was intended to give the...

Reining In Contractors

June 1, 2004 The prison scandal in Iraq raises questions about contractor oversight. When Congress learned that private contractors were implicated in the abuse of prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison outside Baghdad, legislators turned to the Pentagon for answers: Why was the military using contract interrogators to question Iraqi prisoners? Could contractors...

Up in the Air

May 15, 2004 Politics may stand in the way of the Federal Aviation Administration's effort to conduct the biggest job competition in federal history. When pilots get lost in the fog of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, or try to navigate the Blue Ridge Mountains for the first time, they rely on Federal Aviation Administration...

Clarke's Lament

May 1, 2004 Agencies try, and fail, to fight terrorism. After stirring up a white-hot political controversy, Richard Clarke's Against All Enemies has been boiled down to its headline-grabbing criticism that President Bush did too little to stop al Qaeda, both before and after Sept. 11. But Clarke's memoir of his counterterrorism career...

Able Sentry

May 1, 2004 The Coast Guard helps prevent a mass migration from Haiti. In early February, Haitian rebels began threatening the government of then-president Jean-Bertrand Aristide. On Feb. 21, as the unrest spread, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge went to the White House with a plan to prevent what officials feared most: a...

House chairman introduces procurement reform bill

April 28, 2004 Tom Davis, R-Va., chairman of the House Government Reform Committee, introduced a bill Wednesday to overhaul how the government buys services, including measures to encourage agencies to share savings from contracting efficiencies with companies and to create a government-industry exchange program for acquisition workers. The bill, known as the Acquisition...

Getting on Track

April 15, 2004 Spain's 9/11 leads to pleas for increased U.S. rail security. n the aftermath of the Madrid terrorist bombings, Congress took a fresh look at what the Homeland Security Department has done to protect rail and mass transit systems, and many legislators were distressed by what they found. Since 2003, the...

Getting in Step

April 15, 2004 DHS agencies carefully choreographed a response to terrorist threats on New Year's. n the night of Jan. 1, Homeland Security officials received troubling intelligence about British Airways Flight 216. Just minutes before the Washington-to-London flight was scheduled to depart Dulles International Airport, Jim Schear, a Transportation Security Administration official, scrambled...

Rough Seas

April 15, 2004 The Coast Guard's revolutionary acquisition strategy hits choppy waters. hen federal executives talk about management reforms, few are as passionate as Coast Guard Rear Adm. Patrick Stillman. But then, few managers have bet the future of their agency on a radically new procurement approach. Compact and wiry, with intense eyes...

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