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Air marshals depart TSA, join law enforcement bureau

September 2, 2003 More than 5,000 law enforcement officials will soon be trained to serve as federal air marshals under a major reorganization at the Homeland Security Department. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announced Tuesday that the federal air marshals program will move from the Transportation Security Administration to the Bureau of Immigration...

Feds win job competitions at Park Service, Agriculture Department

August 25, 2003 Federal employees have won several small public-private job competitions in land management agencies, including a competition at a National Park Service office that had run into opposition on Capitol Hill. A team of 45 archeologists at the Southeastern Archeological Center in Tallahassee, Fla., defeated private contractors earlier this month, according...

Agencies Embark on Spending Spree

August 15, 2003 elling to the government always has been big business, but by any measure, 2002 was a banner year for federal contractors. Fueled by the war on terrorism and homeland security needs, Uncle Sam went on a 12-month spending spree, buying $245 billion of goods and services in fiscal 2002, up...

OMB tweaks A-76 to clarify rights for FAIR Act challenges

August 14, 2003 The Office of Management and Budget is tweaking Circular A-76, the government's manual for letting companies bid on federal jobs, to clarify the rights of groups to challenge whether jobs are "commercial in nature," and therefore eligible for outsourcing. In a Federal Register notice to be published Friday, OMB will...

VA halts job competitions at laundries

August 5, 2003 The Veterans Affairs Department has decided to suspend public-private job competitions at 59 laundry facilities nationwide, bringing all competitive sourcing within the Veterans Health Administration to a halt. VA senior leadership chose to stop the laundry competitions Tuesday after the department's general counsel determined that federal law prohibits competitions on...

Homeland border enforcement bureau looks to cross-train agents

August 4, 2003 Despite progress in its internal reorganization, the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) still must reconcile differences in training between its two criminal investigation corps. ICE inherited 2,050 agents from the Immigration and Naturalization Service and 3,500 investigators from the Customs Service. Customs and INS agents enforced laws from...

VA weighs whether to stop job competitions at laundries

August 1, 2003 The Veterans Affairs Department, after halting most of its competitive sourcing activities in May due to legal concerns, is weighing plans to finish public-private job competitions at 59 laundry facilities nationwide. On April 28, the VA General Counsel issued a legal opinion that prompted the VA to put most of...

House bill resurrects private tax collection proposal

July 30, 2003 The Internal Revenue Service could pay collection companies to collect unpaid taxes under legislation introduced last Friday by Rep. William Thomas, R-Calif., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. The proposal, which was included in Thomas' corporate tax cut bill, H.R. 2896, would let collection firms keep up to...

FAA compromise allows job competition to go ahead

July 28, 2003 In a victory for President Bush's drive to open federal jobs to private sector competition, lawmakers have dropped language from the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill that would have protected air traffic employees from possible outsourcing. During a House-Senate conference committee meeting last Thursday, lawmakers agreed to scrap provisions in...

VA job competition request left out of spending bill

July 25, 2003 A Veterans Affairs Department request to restart its competitive sourcing program fell on deaf ears in Congress Friday, as the House passed the fiscal 2004 VA spending bill without granting the agency permission to resume one of the biggest job competition efforts in government. The Bush administration had requested authority...