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Pentagon to get authority to finish stalled job competitions

December 9, 2003 The Defense Department has won permission from the House to finish roughly 30 competitive sourcing studies that have been on hold since October, and the Senate is likely to add its approval in January. Defense halted the competitions to avoid violating a provision in the 2004 Defense appropriations bill, which...

VA competitive sourcing program derailed by Congress

December 4, 2003 A plan to let contractors bid on 55,000 Veterans Affairs Department jobs will remain on hold because VA officials did not receive authority to restart their competitive sourcing program in the $328 billion catch-all federal spending bill crafted last month. Despite winning other concessions on competitive sourcing policy, Bush administration...

Training Day

December 1, 2003 Uncle Sam's police academy works around the clock to train new federal cops. K, here I go," says a young federal agent in training, plowing into a scrum of hungry cops to grab a slice of pecan pie. In the bustling cafeteria at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in...

White House objects to job competition revisions

November 17, 2003 The White House has raised last-minute objections to measures governing federal job competitions in the conference report on the fiscal 2004 Transportation-Treasury budget bill, and may pressure lawmakers to alter the language, Capitol Hill and industry sources said Monday. Measures approved by House-Senate negotiators last Wednesday night would make it...

Curb on Justice job competitions draws veto threat

November 12, 2003 Legislation that would protect hundreds of Justice Department employees from possible outsourcing earned a veto threat from the White House this week. The Bush administration threatened to veto the Senate version of the fiscal 2004 Commerce-Justice-State appropriations bill over a provision that would prevent public-private job competitions at the Office...

GSA official nominated to be federal procurement chief

November 4, 2003 The White House announced Tuesday that David Safavian, chief of staff at the General Services Administration, is President Bush's nominee to be the next federal procurement administrator. If confirmed by the Senate, Safavian would run the Office of Federal Procurement Policy at the Office of Management and Budget. He would...

The Ties that Bind

November 1, 2003 Attempts to weave four cultures together at the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement are hampered by employee resentment and mission confusion. n early May, when the new Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement began to take shape in Washington, John Chakwin hit the road in his 1991 Oldsmobile to...

Shadowboxer

November 1, 2003 Dan Guttman has devoted his life to investigating the government's "shadow workforce" of contractors. ederal procurement is not a subject that makes for compelling television, but procurement scandals can be good drama, which is why on Nov. 30, 1980, the CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes aired a story that suggested private...

No retraining for agriculture inspectors in border agency plan

October 29, 2003 Agriculture inspectors are not being retrained as part of a massive effort to create a single team of inspectors at U.S. ports of entry, an official with the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said Friday. Marjorie Budd, CBP's assistant commissioner for training and development, said retraining activities so...

Merger of immigration, customs agents causes friction

October 22, 2003 In early May, when the new Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement began to take shape in Washington, John Chakwin hit the road in his 1991 Oldsmobile to bring the bureau to life in Atlanta. ICE, as the Homeland Security Department agency is known, is an amalgam of federal law...

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