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Law could stop A-76 studies for thousands of Defense employees

October 16, 2003 About 60 public-private job competitions involving thousands of Defense Department workers could be cancelled because they have taken too long, violating a tight new time limit for competitions included in the Defense budget bill for fiscal 2004, a Defense official said Wednesday. Joe Sikes, Defense's director for competitive sourcing and...

Machinists win job competition, but may face pay cuts

October 15, 2003 A group of machinists at the Treasury Department's Bureau of Engraving and Printing will keep their jobs after defeating a contractor in a public-private job competition, but some may face pay cuts, an agency official said Tuesday. The workers underbid their private competitor, Allied Aerospace Inc. of Newport News, Va.,...

Justice A New Dragnet

October 15, 2003 Ed Needham and his task force crossed law enforcement boundaries to bring the Lackawanna Six to justice-raising the bar in the war on terrorism. d Needham is no stranger to terrorism. He helped investigate the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. He tracked the terrorists who bombed Saudi Arabia's Khobar...

Law could stop some A-76 studies at Defense

October 7, 2003 A provision tucked into the Defense budget bill for fiscal 2004 could force the cancellation of several public-private job competitions at the Defense Department, officials said Monday. The measure, which caught Defense officials off guard, requires all multi-function competitions to be finished in 30 months or less, instead of 48...

Weighing In on Job Competitions

October 1, 2003 etermined to streamline the bureaucracy, the president declared that federal workers should compete for their jobs against private firms. Public-private competition, the president said, would help agencies operate in a more "economical and efficient manner." To put teeth behind these words, he set a numerical target: All federal agencies would...

Immigration and Customs agents won’t have to wait for pay in new fiscal year

September 30, 2003 The start of the new fiscal year will not interrupt pay for federal agents in the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), an agency spokesman said Monday. The law enforcement arm of the Homeland Security Department, ICE contains 2,050 special agents from the former Immigration and Naturalization Service and...

Feds win all job competitions at Health and Human Services agency

September 22, 2003 Federal employees have won all 17 public-private job competitions held at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this year, keeping 309 civil servants on the federal payroll. Accountants, information technology specialists and project managers are among the CMS employees who successfully defended their jobs, according to a Sept. 12...

Senators seek to protect Justice employees from competition

September 12, 2003 In the latest congressional challenge to President Bush's drive to open up more government work to competition from the private sector, Senate appropriators are trying to protect hundreds of Justice Department employees from possible outsourcing. Senators have added language to the spending bill for the Commerce, Justice and State departments...

OMB competitive sourcing chief to step down

September 4, 2003 Angela Styles, the administration's point-person for competitive sourcing-President Bush's most controversial government reform initiative-is stepping down from her post as federal procurement administrator. Styles confirmed she would leave the Office of Management and Budget on Sept. 15 to become a partner at Miller & Chevalier, a Washington law firm that...

Contractor workforce grows as civil service shrinks

September 4, 2003 The government's "shadow workforce" of contractors grew by 727,000 positions between 1999 and 2002, while the civil service got smaller, according to a new estimate by the Brookings Institution. The estimate, which is sure to fuel the debate over federal outsourcing efforts, finds that as of the end of 2002,...