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Business and labor battle over contractor ethics rule

June 19, 2001 Labor groups and business associations resumed a battle over a rule that sets ethics standards for government contractors Monday at a public meeting held by the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council. Twenty-one groups appeared before the Council to share their thoughts on a possible reversal of the controversial ethics regulation,...

Bush won’t seek civil service reform this year

June 18, 2001 The Bush administration will not seek legislation this year to improve the civil service system, as proposed by President Bush in his fiscal 2002 budget, Office of Management and Budget spokesman Chris Ullman said Thursday. The fiscal 2002 budget describes the potential legislation as one plank in the administration's efforts...

SEC pay raise passes, but OMB declares opposition

June 15, 2001 Agencies that try to exempt themselves from the government's pay system likely will face opposition from the Bush administration, the Office of Management and Budget said Thursday. OMB announced its views on agency pay raises in comments on H.R. 1088, a bill that would give employees at the Securities and...

Report: Higher housing allowances won’t help Defense retention

June 15, 2001 A Pentagon plan to make civilian housing more affordable for service members will have little effect on the military's retention problems, the General Accounting Office has concluded. By increasing housing allowances, the Defense Department plans to make civilian housing free for military personnel by 2005. At present, service members who...

Transition delays plague local phone contracts

June 14, 2001 Uncle Sam's new contract for local phone services may not save as much money as was projected due to repeated transition delays, Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., said Wednesday. The General Services Administration has estimated that the contract, known as the Metropolitan Area Acquisition (MAA) program, would save the government $1.1...

Outsourcing panel told to scrap Circular A-76

June 12, 2001 The new Commercial Activities Panel should work to eliminate Office of Management and Budget Circular A-76, witnesses said at the panel's inaugural public hearing Monday. More than 40 people appeared before the panel to share their thoughts on the principles and policies that should govern outsourcing decisions. The 12-member panel...

Program review should come before outsourcing, scholar says

June 12, 2001 The Bush administration should launch a governmentwide review of federal programs before outsourcing more jobs to the private sector, according to an expert on federal management. In a May 24 memorandum, "Contracting for Services: One Aspect of 'Third Party Government,'" National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) Fellow Herbert Jasper said...

Definition of 'inherently governmental' could change

June 8, 2001 A high-level panel reviewing federal outsourcing policy is working to better define when and why federal jobs can be considered inherently governmental, Comptroller General David Walker said this week. Walker is chair of the Commercial Activities Panel, a 12-member working group that is reviewing federal outsourcing issues. In an interview...

Pentagon acquisition boss moves to help contractors

June 7, 2001 The Defense Department will no longer force contractors to shoulder part of the cost of Pentagon research and development projects, Pete Aldridge, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said Wednesday. For years, Pentagon acquisition officials have tapped contractors to subsidize research on new weapons projects. But the practice...

Competition is the key to outsourcing target, OMB deputy says

June 6, 2001 Agencies that completely avoid public-private competitions as they aim to meet a Bush administration outsourcing mandate will face scrutiny from the Office of Management and Budget, OMB Deputy Director Sean O'Keefe said Tuesday. In a March 9 memo, O'Keefe directed agencies to compete at least 5 percent of government jobs...