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Contracting: When FAIR is Fair

July 1, 2001 here is a science to deciding what federal jobs are eligible for contracting out, says outsourcing expert Tom Fitzpatrick: "Look at the objective facts, consider the rules, and the function's proper classification will reveal itself to you." Fitzpatrick's advice resonated with federal managers assembled in Washington in May for a...

Bush administration blasts proposed freeze on contracts

June 29, 2001 The Bush administration is strongly opposed to union-backed legislation that would allow federal employees to compete for virtually all government contracts, the government's top procurement official said Thursday. At a marathon hearing of the House Subcommittee on Technology and Procurement Policy, Angela Styles, administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement...

Poor data leaves lawmakers in the dark on capital projects

June 28, 2001 Federal agencies continue to provide Congress with incomplete cost estimates for multi-year capital projects, making it difficult for lawmakers to know the true cost of such projects, according to the General Accounting Office. Chastened by the spiraling costs of projects such as Boston's Big Dig, GAO and the Office of...

OMB, Defense put a lid on Army contractor workforce study

June 27, 2001 The Army has stopped collecting labor information from its contractors in response to concerns from the Defense Department and the Office of Management and Budget. The Army project required contractors to report basic labor data, including how much contractor employees get paid, how many hours they work and who their...

GAO asks Congress to investigate Army inaction in A-76 case

June 26, 2001 Congress should investigate why the Army has taken more than a year to implement a bid protest decision by the General Accounting Office, GAO General Counsel Anthony Gamboa said last week. While agencies occasionally refuse to follow GAO bid protest decisions, the Army case marks the first time in recent...

OMB targets more jobs for outsourcing in 2003

June 25, 2001 Private sector firms will be able to compete for as many as 85,000 federal jobs in fiscal 2003, a spokesperson with the Office of Management and Budget said Friday. The Bush administration will require agencies to compete at least ten percent of all government positions considered "commercial in nature" in...

Road to accessible technology just beginning, managers say

June 25, 2001 As of today, federal agencies are required by law to provide assistive technology to employees with disabilities. But federal managers say the day marks the beginning of efforts to improve technology accessibility, not the end. The accessibility regulations, laid out in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998,...

Pentagon may have violated contractor ethics rule, congressman says

June 22, 2001 The Defense Department may have violated the contractor responsibility rule when it awarded a $33 million logistics contract to a Houston-based company that has been accused of widespread race and sex discrimination, according to Rep. Nick Lampson, D-Texas. In a June 18 letter to Army Secretary Thomas White, Lampson said...

Small Business Committee blasts Pentagon for contract bundling

June 21, 2001 The Defense Department must do more to ensure that acquisition reforms do not drive small businesses out of the federal market, Reps. Donald Manzullo, R-Ill., and Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y., said Wednesday. At a spirited hearing of the House Small Business Committee, Manzullo and Velazquez took turns blasting the Pentagon for...

Pentagon says mapping agency's outsourcing plan is legal

June 20, 2001 A controversial outsourcing plan at the National Imaging and Mapping Agency is legally sound, according to a recent letter from the Pentagon's general counsel. Sen. Jean Carnahan, D-Mo., called for a review of the outsourcing project during the April confirmation hearing of William Haynes, the Defense Department's general counsel. NIMA...