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New Army vehicle clears legal hurdle

May 3, 2001 A defense contractor has given up its protest of the Army's $4 billion Interim Armored Vehicle program, giving the service the green light to resume production of the long-delayed combat vehicle. In an April 9 decision that was issued publicly this week, the General Accounting Office denied a protest by...

Unions blast Bush on outsourcing plans

May 2, 2001 The Bush administration has an unfair pro-contractor bias, two federal union leaders said this week. In an April 30 letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Mitch Daniels, American Federation of Government Employees President Bobby Harnage and National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelley criticized recent OMB mandates that...

New procurement techniques remain unproved, GAO says

May 1, 2001 Congress should think twice before giving agencies permanent authority to bypass certain procurement rules on small and medium-sized purchases, according to the General Accounting Office. In a new report, "Contract Management: Benefits of Simplified Acquisition Test Procedures Not Clearly Demonstrated," (GAO-01-517) GAO found the Defense Department used a trial program...

Senate Committee plans review of procurement reform

April 30, 2001 In a sign that procurement reform may soon receive more congressional scrutiny, the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee last week called on the General Accounting Office to investigate the fees agencies charge on multiple-agency contracts and separately, the needs of the government's acquisition workforce. Looking at fees is a first step...

Procurement chiefs want new guidance on performance-based contracts

April 26, 2001 The government's top acquisition chiefs are urging the Office of Management and Budget to revise guidance on performance-based service contracts. In a March 9 memo, OMB Deputy Director Sean O'Keefe mandated that agencies use performance-based techniques on at least 20 percent of all service contracts worth more than $25,000 in...

Awards celebrate bureaucracy's best and brightest

April 25, 2001 For 52 years, the Arthur S. Flemming Awards have honored up-and-coming federal leaders who combine a spirit for innovation with a strong commitment to public service. Named in honor of Flemming when he was only 43, the awards recognize bureaucracy's best and brightest, officials who have made a tremendous impact...

Lawmaker proposes outsourcing with a twist

April 23, 2001 What if federal workers could be outsourced but keep their health and pension benefits? It's a possibility under one Republican lawmaker's proposal to improve the privatization process. Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., is advancing two controversial new alternatives to the public-private competition process governed by Office of Management and Budget Circular...

OMB chief describes sweeping agenda for A-76 competitions

April 19, 2001 The Bush administration will press to let agencies keep savings achieved through public-private competitions, Office of Management and Budget Director Mitch Daniels said Wednesday. Speaking before hundreds of federal procurement executives at the 2001 Federal Acquisition Conference in Washington, Daniels decried the lack of A-76 studies across government and said...

A-76 competitions may not hurt federal workers’ pay

April 18, 2001 The public-private competition process may not cause cuts in pay and benefits for federal workers, according to a new General Accounting Office report. The GAO report, "DOD Competitive Sourcing: Effects of A-76 Studies on Federal Employees' Employment, Pay and Benefits Vary," (GAO-01-388) looked at three recent Defense Department competitions held...

GAO names members of outsourcing panel

April 17, 2001 The General Accounting Office has named 12 members to a new panel that will study federal outsourcing policy, the agency announced Tuesday. The board, known as the Commercial Activities Panel, will look at issues ranging from public-private competition to implementation of the 1998 Federal Activities Inventory Reform (FAIR) Act. GAO...