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Agency managers mostly pleased with job competitions, survey finds

October 27, 2004 Federal managers who oversee job competitions between federal employees and private contractors are largely satisfied with their competitive sourcing achievements, according to a survey by a group that represents contractors. Contractors and federal employees generally have been critical of the current guidelines for job competitions, with both groups saying the ...

Researchers say few jobs are lost to competitive sourcing

October 26, 2004 A new study concludes that few federal employees have lost their jobs because of competitive sourcing, contrary to widespread belief among federal labor unions. The report, by the University of Maryland's Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise, is the widest-ranging study on the impact of competitive sourcing initiatives on ...

Agencies get new orders to report on costs, savings of job competitions

October 25, 2004 Contractor groups and federal labor unions welcomed requirements that federal agencies provide more information about their efforts to put federal jobs up for competition, while each group said it still faced significant disadvantages in such competitions. An Oct. 15 memo from the Office of Management and Budget outlined additional requirements ...

Senate committee revamp said to fall short of 9/11 panel recommendations

October 22, 2004 A new Senate resolution to overhaul supervision of the Homeland Security Department falls short of the 9/11 commission's recommendation to consolidate authority over DHS, critics say, and obscures larger questions about the agency's management and performance. Last week, the Senate approved a resolution to transform the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee ...

New bill would protect jobs held by severely disabled federal workers

October 21, 2004 New legislation that would protect severely disabled workers from losing their jobs in public-private competitions is sparking anger from proponents of competitive sourcing who say the bill's supporters are using disabled employees to prevent the government from outsourcing jobs. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., introduced the Disabled Federal Employees Protection ...

Immigration, customs agencies still struggling to coordinate efforts

October 20, 2004 The Homeland Security Department's immigration- and customs-related agencies struggle with internal communication problems that in some cases may interfere with efforts to protect the country, according to a new Government Accountability Office report. DHS, which was created by the 2002 Homeland Security Act, oversees the immigration duties formerly handled by ...

DHS faces new financial management rules

October 19, 2004 In the wake of disagreements over financial management at the Homeland Security Department, President Bush signed legislation Saturday requiring the department's chief financial officer to be confirmed by the Senate within 180 days, and an independent auditor to issue an opinion on DHS' internal accounting controls starting in fiscal 2006. ...