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Ridge defends Homeland Security budget request

February 9, 2004 Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge defended the Bush administration's budget request for state and local first responders Monday, while acknowledging that an effort to merge several terrorism watch lists into a single database would not be finished until this summer. Ridge, testifying before the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, said the ...

Homeland Security personnel rules expected this month, says Ridge

February 9, 2004 The Homeland Security Department likely will release rules outlining its new personnel system by the end of February, Secretary Tom Ridge told the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Monday. In response to questions from Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, Ridge elaborated on the department's plans for a new personnel system. He said ...

Bush budget adds hundreds of immigration enforcement jobs

February 3, 2004 Hundreds of new immigration enforcement jobs, including 236 personnel to find aliens that have defied final deportation orders, would be created under President Bush's fiscal 2005 budget proposal. The budget would add staff to the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement's detention and removals branch, which expels illegal aliens from ...

Instructing Inspectors

February 1, 2004 Two veteran training experts take on their toughest challenge yet - the border agencies. n 26 years of federal service, Marjorie Budd has trained soldiers and tax specialists, doctors and procurement experts. She has lectured widely and won a trunk full of awards. In the late 1990s, she was the ...

Feds Win!

February 1, 2004 Civil servants are competing with contractors for their jobs - and winning. Like many of the machinists at the Treasury Department's Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Robert Thomas took the news hard. After 28 years of federal service, Thomas didn't want to hear that a private contractor would get a ...

Energy workers win job competition; Forest Service workers lose

January 16, 2004 A team of financial services workers at the Energy Department triumphed in a public-private job competition involving 181 jobs, Energy Deputy Secretary Kyle McSlarrow announced Thursday. The in-house team won by agreeing to eliminate 63 positions and restructure its operations. Accounting work done at 15 offices nationwide will move to ...

IT firm to team with FAA workers in huge job competition

January 12, 2004 Information technology contractor Harris Corp. will join 2,700 Federal Aviation Administration workers in a public-private job competition involving 58 flight service stations throughout the United States, officials announced Monday. Under the arrangement, rare for such competitions, Harris and FAA flight service specialists will vie as a team against other companies ...

OMB issues guidance on "green" competitive sourcing plans

January 6, 2004 The Office of Management and Budget has asked federal agencies to craft plans for letting contractors bid on federal jobs from now through 2008. The multiyear plans will help it decide which agencies deserve a "green" rating, or top marks in competitive sourcing, said OMB Deputy Director for Management Clay ...

On the Heels of Disaster

January 1, 2004 A little-known Agency for International Development SWAT team was on the ground in Iraq even before U.S. troops entered Baghdad. y all accounts, the Iraqi city of Fallujah was riding a crest of anti-U.S. sentiment when Steve Epstein and Vic Tanner arrived in town last Aug. 1. That morning, U.S. ...

OMB to ask agencies for long-term job competition plans

December 23, 2003 The Office of Management and Budget will ask agencies to create multi-year plans for opening federal jobs to private sector competition as a prerequisite for receiving a "green" rating in competitive sourcing, according to a senior Bush administration official. The plans, which will require agencies to subject a certain number ...