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House panel orders reports on costs of job competitions

July 24, 2003 Agencies would have to tell Congress how much they are paying outside consultants to help run public-private job competitions under legislation approved by the House Appropriations Committee Thursday. The committee adopted an amendment from Rep. James Moran, D-Va., to the Transportation, Treasury, and Independent Agencies appropriations bill that would require...

Defense opposes union-backed changes to job competition process

July 23, 2003 The Defense Department opposes a provision in the Senate-passed Defense Appropriations bill that could make it easier for Defense's civilian workforce to win public-private job competitions. Almost two months after the Bush administration issued new rules for allowing private firms to bid on federal jobs, the provision, sponsored by Sen....

VA reworks outsourcing report; says it will show cost savings

July 18, 2003 Saying poor data made outsourcing seem less cost-effective than it is, the Veterans Affairs Department is reworking a report to Congress on outsourcing decisions made by the Veterans Health Administration in 2002. The revised report, due to Congress by July 23, comes after a lengthy exchange between VA staff and...

House restricts job competitions at Park Service, Defense

July 18, 2003 The House overwhelmingly passed legislation late Thursday that could stop two out of five public-private job competitions underway at the National Park Service. By a 362 to 57 vote, the House passed an amendment from Reps. Doug Bereuter, R-Neb., and Allan Boyd, D-Fla., to the Interior Appropriations bill that would...

Legislation to slow job competitions at two agencies survives—for now

July 17, 2003 Legislation that would prevent new competitive sourcing studies at the Interior Department and Forest Service next year survived debate on the House floor Thursday, as Republicans agreed to resolve differences on the matter in the House-Senate conference over the Interior appropriations bill. After a week of negotiations, Reps. Pete Sessions,...

White House threatens veto of Interior bill over provision

July 16, 2003 The White House threatened to veto the Interior appropriations bill late Wednesday over a provision that would halt funds for competitive sourcing at the Department of Interior and Forest Service in fiscal 2004. In a statement of administration policy, the White House said senior advisors would recommend that President Bush...

VA asks Congress for $75 million to restart competitive sourcing program

July 16, 2003 In a bid to restart its competitive sourcing program, the Veterans Affairs Department is asking Congress for authority to tap up to $75 million in health care funds to pay for public-private job competitions through 2004. But House Democrats immediately denounced the proposal, and a spokesman for a key House...

Defense could get A-76 credit without competition under bill

July 15, 2003 The Defense Department would earn competitive sourcing credit for directly outsourcing federal jobs to select contractors-a practice discouraged by the Bush administration-under a provision in the Senate fiscal 2004 Defense Appropriations bill. The measure, backed by Sens. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, and Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, would mandate that the Pentagon receive...

Bush job competition target could be tall order for Defense, report says

July 15, 2003 The Defense Department could have difficulty meeting the Bush administration's long-term target for opening federal jobs to private sector competition, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. The Pentagon will have to devote substantial new resources, including funding, to its competitive sourcing program in order to achieve...

Provision to slow job competitions at Forest Service moves ahead

July 10, 2003 Legislation that could delay public-private competitions at the Forest Service made progress in the Senate Thursday, even as House Republicans prepared to challenge a similar proposal to halt competitive sourcing at the agency and at the Interior Department next year. The full Senate Appropriations Committee approved legislation that would require...