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Senate appropriators approve limit on Forest Service job competitions

July 9, 2003 The Forest Service would need congressional approval before it could hold public-private job competitions next year under legislation approved by a Senate appropriations subcommittee Wednesday. The measure, approved by the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Related Agencies, chaired by Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont., would require the Forest Service to vet...

Park Service makes progress on asset management, says GAO

July 9, 2003 The National Park Service has made strides in tracking the condition of roads, bridges and buildings in the national park system, but cannot put a firm price-tag on their maintenance needs, an official from the General Accounting Office told Congress Tuesday. The Park Service has completed an inventory of assets...

GOP activist calls on Congress to defend competitive sourcing

July 3, 2003 A prominent conservative activist is calling on Republican leaders in Congress to block legislation that would stop public-private job competitions at select agencies, including the Forest Service and the Federal Aviation Administration. Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, a Washington-based group that advocates smaller government, urged House Speaker...

VA halts all competitive sourcing studies pending ruling

July 2, 2003 The Veterans Affairs Department has halted all public-private job competitions over concerns that the program could violate federal law, putting one of the biggest competitive sourcing programs in government on hold. VA's decision, prompted by an April 28 ruling from the department's general counsel, freezes a competitive sourcing program that...

Census employees win job competition; other feds lose

July 1, 2003 After a 20-month study, a team of 225 administrative employees at Census Bureau headquarters in Suitland, Md., has defeated private contractors in a public-private job competition, the agency said Monday. The in-house team won by underbidding its private sector competitors, according to William Russell, chief of the acquisition branch at...

Forest Service considers competing more than 10,000 jobs

June 29, 2003 The Forest Service is weighing plans to let private contractors compete for the jobs of more than 10,000 employees, including those in its wildfire program, to meet White House competitive sourcing goals. The jobs of 2,000 accountants and financial managers and up to 10,000 firefighters and other fire program employees...

Lawmakers target job competitions at two agencies

June 26, 2003 Members of Congress launched fresh efforts to halt public-private job competitions at the Agriculture Department and National Park Service Thursday, as Bush administration officials tried to fend off congressional assaults on the competitive sourcing initiative. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., introduced legislation that would stop all...

Senators air competitive sourcing worries at OMB confirmation hearing

June 25, 2003 Senators expressed concern Wednesday with the Bush administration's drive to let contractors compete for federal jobs at the confirmation hearing of Joshua Bolten to be director of the Office of Management and Budget. Sens. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., and Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, both criticized the administration's competitive sourcing initiative, which they...

Committee approves ban on Interior job competitions

June 25, 2003 The House Appropriations Committee Wednesday approved a measure that would halt funding for new public-private job competitions at the Forest Service and most Interior Department agencies in 2004. Opponents of the measure promised to fight it on the House floor, and a key figure in Republican political circles said conservatives...

OMB vows to fight efforts to derail competitive sourcing

June 24, 2003 Federal procurement chief Angela Styles vowed Tuesday to fight congressional attempts to block the administration's competitive sourcing initiative, including legislation that would prevent new job competitions at the Forest Service and most Interior Department agencies next year. Acknowledging that the drive for competition may meet more resistance from Congress, Styles...