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Army has fewer contractors but they cost more, study shows

July 17, 2001 The Army employs a smaller contractor workforce than previous Defense Department studies have found, but contractors who work for the Army cost more than was previously thought, according to preliminary data from an Army study. These findings, released Friday in a notice in the Federal Register, are the first results...

Parts shortages ground more Air Force planes

July 16, 2001 A lack of spare parts has grounded an increasing number of critical Air Force aircraft in recent years, the General Accounting Office has found. In a new report, "Air Force Inventory: Parts Shortages are Impacting Operations and Maintenance Effectiveness" (GAO-01-587), GAO concluded that parts shortages are taking a growing toll...

OMB centralizes control of management issues

July 13, 2001 The No. 2 official at the Office of Management and Budget is personally involved in nearly every management initiative of the Bush administration, invigorating the President's management agenda but raising questions as to whether OMB has the staff to carry out reforms, according to several public administration experts. Although his...

Bush unveils plan for federal management reform

July 12, 2001 President Bush released a plan for putting in place his management reform agenda on Wednesday, reinstating the President's Management Council and directing agency heads to designate chief operating officers who will be responsible for overall management at each agency. The chief operating officers will be the equivalent of a deputy...

Retired officers say outsourcing bill threatens national security

July 10, 2001 Legislation allowing federal employees to compete for virtually all government contracts would cause "irreparable harm" to national security, according to 12 retired senior military officers. In a June 29 letter sent to every member of Congress, the officers said the union-backed Truthfulness, Responsibility and Accountability in Contracting (TRAC) Act would...

Pentagon IG says Air Force should redo A-76 competition

July 9, 2001 A public-private job competition at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas was so riddled with errors that the Air Force should consider holding a new competition, the Pentagon inspector general has concluded. In a report dated May 14, the Pentagon IG blasted the Air Force for its handling of the...

Pentagon readies new rules for public-private competitions

July 6, 2001 The Defense Department will soon introduce new guidance providing step-by-step instructions for conducting public-private job competitions under the "best value" procurement standard. The guidance will provide much-needed direction to Pentagon managers who have labored to hold job competitions under the best value approach, which factors both cost and technical advantages...

OMB moves to open support services to private competition

July 5, 2001 Private sector firms will gain full access to the lucrative federal market for support services under a new proposal from the Bush administration. In a Federal Register notice issued Monday, the Office of Management and Budget proposed opening all Inter-Service Support Agreements (ISSAs) between agencies to competition from the private...

Senator calls for freeze on new contracts

July 3, 2001 A temporary freeze on new government contracts is necessary to help agencies get a handle on their use of contractors, according to the chairman of the Senate Oversight of Government Management Subcommittee. Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., last week introduced S. 1152, a version of the union-backed Truthfulness, Responsibility and Accountability...

Civilian world lures key military personnel

July 2, 2001 The lure of civilian living may be pulling key service members out of the military, according to a new General Accounting Office report. The report, "Military Personnel: Perceptions of Retention-Critical Personnel Are Similar to Those of Other Enlisted Personnel" (GAO-01-785), is the latest GAO attempt to study the factors that...