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Senate Democrat to focus on federal pay, benefits

June 4, 2001 A key Senate Democrat is preparing to bring new scrutiny to federal pay and benefit issues. Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, will become chair of the Senate Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on International Security, Proliferation and Federal Services when the Democrats assume control of the Senate on June 5. The subcommittee has...

Agencies turn to contractors to acquire new buildings

May 31, 2001 Staffing shortages are driving some agencies to use the private sector to oversee the acquisition of new federal buildings, according to a recent report from the National Research Council. While Uncle Sam routinely contracts out the design and construction of government facilities, only a handful of agencies have tapped private...

Interagency group issues plan for simplifying grants

May 30, 2001 A group of agencies is working to make it easier for states, local governments and nonprofit organizations to apply for federal grants and carry out the projects associated with them. Twenty-six grant-making agencies released a plan for streamlining each step of the federal grants process earlier this month. The plan...

Jeffords switch puts Democrats in charge of government reform

May 25, 2001 The shift in control of the Senate will challenge key Democrats to develop a coherent agenda on government reform, experts said Thursday. The Senate will soon change hands when Sen. James Jeffords officially quits the Republican Party and becomes an independent following his announcement Thursday in Vermont, his home state....

Outsourcing target years away, OMB chief says

May 25, 2001 The Bush administration is years away from fulfilling a campaign promise to open up half of all government jobs considered "commercial in nature" to competition from the private sector, Office of Management and Budget Director Mitch Daniels said Wednesday. While OMB has directed agencies to directly outsource or perform public-private...

Outsourcing panel to let public in on debates

May 24, 2001 The Commercial Activities Panel will convene the first of three public hearings on outsourcing issues on June 11 in Washington, the General Accounting Office said Wednesday. The first hearing will explore the principles and policies that should govern decisions to perform government work in-house or shift it to the private...

Auction site hurts private business, lawmakers say

May 23, 2001 Uncle Sam's new online auction service is taking business away from the private sector, according to four members of Congress. In a May 8 letter to Thurman Davis, acting administrator of the General Services Administration, the lawmakers said that the government's foray into the online auction business violates the spirit...

Vendor trumps Army in A-76 dispute

May 21, 2001 A public-private competition to provide logistics support for an Army garrison in Hawaii has run afoul of the government's outsourcing rules, according to the General Accounting Office. In a May 14 decision, GAO sustained a protest by BAE Systems that alleged an Army appeals board violated Office of Management and...

Better cost data is the key to performance budgeting, expert says

May 18, 2001 Agencies must track the full cost of their operations before they can link spending decisions to performance goals, an expert said Thursday. John Mercer, a former counsel to the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee who wrote the 1993 Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), said full cost accounting is essential to...

Council issues online procurement rules

May 17, 2001 Agencies have less than five months to start posting their procurement notices on the FedBizOpps Web site, a federal purchasing council said Wednesday. On Oct. 1, FedBizOpps will become the single governmentwide venue for federal buyers and sellers to hawk their goods, services and other buying opportunities. On Wednesday, the...