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OMB memo boosts performance-based contracts

March 21, 2001 A Bush administration plan to step up agencies' use of performance-based service contracts will bring new scrutiny to how the government measures performance-based work, according to experts. In a March 9 memo, Sean O'Keefe, deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, directed agencies to use performance-based techniques on...

Pentagon sets training standards for A-76 personnel

March 20, 2001 In response to a review of the A-76 process at the U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon will require personnel who perform public-private competitions to meet minimum training requirements. In a Feb. 1 memo, Randall Yim, deputy undersecretary of Defense for installations, directed the military services to develop training requirements for...

A-76 process an obstacle to Bush FAIR Act plan

March 19, 2001 A Bush administration plan to beef up the 1998 Federal Activities Inventory Reform (FAIR) Act will hinge on the government's public-private competition process, experts said Friday. In a recent memo, Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director Sean O'Keefe directed agencies to develop plans for competing at least 5 percent...

Bush links FAIR Act lists to outsourcing goals

March 16, 2001 Federal agencies must put up for competition at least 5 percent of the positions on their Federal Activities Inventory Reform (FAIR) Act lists over the next fiscal year, Office of Management and Budget deputy director Sean O'Keefe has announced in a memo to agency chiefs. OMB's guidance represents the first...

Report: Weapons projects suffer from budget struggle

March 16, 2001 The Pentagon routinely approves new weapons systems before evaluating their feasibility, according to a new General Accounting Office report. The report, "Best Practices: Better Matching of Needs and Resources Will Lead to Better Weapon Systems Outcomes" ( GAO-01-288), surveyed the development of nine big-ticket weapon projects to identify why new...

Voinovich protege a candidate for GSA post

March 15, 2001 An Ohio businessman with close ties to Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, is a top candidate to become administrator of the General Services Administration, according to sources at the agency. Stephen A. Perry, senior vice president for human resources at the Timken Company, an Ohio-based manufacturer of steel alloys, has been...

Report: Slash federal benefits, reap government savings

March 15, 2001 The government could save billions of dollars by slashing federal health and retirement benefits, according to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office. The report, "Budget Options," is the Congressional Budget Office's annual snapshot of the budget choices facing federal lawmakers. The document surveys current budgetary needs and provides...

Author makes federal contracting look easy

March 14, 2001 Selling to the government can bring a windfall to small businesses that master federal contracting rules, according to a new book by a procurement expert. Scott Stanberry's Federal Contracting Made Easy (Management Concepts) is a guide for business owners who want to crack the federal market but grow dizzy when...

Bush outsourcing plan may revitalize fizzling FAIR Act

March 13, 2001 Challenging the government's annual inventories of jobs that could be contracted out is a waste of time, according to a growing chorus of stakeholders. But the Bush administration may soon give more teeth to the legislation behind the inventories, experts say. The 1998 Federal Activities Inventory Reform (FAIR) Act requires...

Judges' proposal underscores turf battle at Social Security

March 12, 2001 A union for administrative law judges has released a sweeping proposal to reduce the number of disability cases choking the Social Security appeals process. Observers say the plan may worsen a longstanding turf battle within the Social Security Administration. The Association of Administrative Law Judges wants to transfer final authority...