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Bill would expand contractor mentoring program

May 16, 2001 A Defense Department program that helps small, disadvantaged businesses learn the ropes of federal contracting should be expanded governmentwide, according to the chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business. Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond, R-Mo., last week introduced a bill to create a governmentwide version of the Pentagon's Mentor-Protégé program,...

Outsourcing panel agrees to ground rules

May 15, 2001 The final recommendations of a new General Accounting Office panel studying federal outsourcing issues will likely require the approval of two-thirds of the panel, or eight of the panel's 12 members, according to Comptroller General David Walker. Members of the GAO Commercial Activities Panel agreed to a series of ground...

Legislation would force agencies to track costs of operations

May 15, 2001 The Bush administration is crafting legislation to require agencies to account for the full costs of their programs, providing new information that should help managers decide if an in-house function should be subject to competition from the private sector. Increasing public-private competition is a chief goal of the legislation, according...

Security agency moves forward with groundbreaking outsourcing plan

May 14, 2001 The National Security Agency is planning to outsource up to 1,000 information technology jobs without public-private competition. NSA's "Project Groundbreaker" is exempt from the government's public-private competition process because it qualifies as a "new requirement," according to agency officials. Under federal contracting rules, agencies may tap the private sector to...

Lawmakers target mapping agency's privatization proposal

May 14, 2001 Eleven members of Congress last week urged the Defense Department to review a controversial outsourcing program at the National Imaging and Mapping Agency. In a May 4 letter to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, the lawmakers criticized NIMA for its plan to directly convert 600 information technology jobs to the private...

Agencies may not meet new procurement reform goal

May 11, 2001 Confusion over the requirements of performance-based contracting may keep agencies from fulfilling a key procurement reform in President Bush's management agenda, an Office of Management and Budget official said Thursday. In a March 9 memo, OMB Deputy Director Sean O'Keefe told agencies to use performance-based techniques on 20 percent of...

Council extends comment period on blacklisting repeal

May 8, 2001 Contractors, labor groups, and other interested parties have a little more time to give Uncle Sam their two-cents worth on a rule that sets ethics standards for government contractors. On Monday, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council extended the comment period on a rule that would revoke the controversial regulation....

OMB gets temporary management master

May 8, 2001 The Office of Management and Budget tapped a veteran public administrator to provide some temporary management help late last week. In a much-anticipated move, OMB named Robert J. O'Neill, president of the National Academy of Public Administration, to serve as counselor for management issues to Director Mitch Daniels. O'Neill will...

Army seeks more information on contractor workforce

May 7, 2001 The Army is bringing its contractor workforce out of the shadows. A new project is providing unprecedented information on how Army contractors do their business with the department, including how much contractor employees get paid, how many hours they work, and who the actual customer of their services is within...

White House to name top management adviser

May 4, 2001 The Office of Management and Budget is poised to name a leading public administration expert as a temporary counselor for management to Director Mitch Daniels, sources say. Robert O'Neill Jr., president of the National Academy of Public Administration, would essentially act as a temporary deputy director for management at OMB,...