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Profit Motive

June 15, 2003 Government work is big business-and businesses say they're not getting a fair shot at competing for it. evel playing field. Increased competition. Fair. To Mark Wagner, the words are hauntingly familiar. He recalls veterans of government contracting uttering them seven years ago, the last time the Office of Management and...

Inside Job

June 15, 2003 How employees at an Air Force base played the job competition game-and won. indy Beyer looked at the final numbers with surprise. She ran them again to make sure there were no errors. The results were the same. So she ran them a third time. Once again, the same outcome-$118...

Postal Service revenues slide

June 2, 2003 The Postal Service saw revenues drop by hundreds of millions during its third quarter, the agency announced Monday. From Feb. 22 to May 16, revenues totaled $16 billion, about $483 million below what the agency had estimated for the third quarter. Expenses were $15.8 billion, or $370 million less than...

Postal commission considers new pay system

May 29, 2003 Pay-for-performance could be included in a forthcoming plan to reform the U.S. Postal Service, most likely encompassing both employees and managers. Members of the Presidential Commission on the U.S. Postal Service are debating the concept, though details have not been ironed out. Appointed in December to develop a blueprint for...

Medical experts renew call to freeze smallpox vaccinations

May 27, 2003 An ambitious smallpox vaccination program should be put on hold before it is expanded to a large pool of emergency responders, the influential Institute of Medicine said Tuesday. Right now, the program is still in its so-called phase one, principally dedicated to nurses and doctors. Phase two, which states are...

Senators vote to limit contract bundling at Pentagon

May 21, 2003 Concerned that small businesses are being locked out of Defense Department contracts, lawmakers Wednesday launched the latest initiative to limit the practice of contract bundling. The Senate adopted an amendment to the fiscal 2004 Defense authorization bill that would require the Pentagon to justify contract consolidations exceeding $5 million. Currently,...

Bioterrorism experts call for unified anthrax response plan

May 19, 2003 The Homeland Security Department should take the lead in developing national environmental testing guidelines in case of another anthrax attack, several biohazard experts said Monday. The department must also work with the Postal Service and other relevant agencies to determine if 280 mail processing facilities should be retested for possible...

OMB wants to better protect small business contracts

May 7, 2003 White House officials want to crack down on large companies that cloak themselves as small firms in an attempt to land more government contracts. While the extent of the problem isn't clear, Angela Styles, the Bush administration's top procurement official, said Wednesday that anecdotal evidence suggests that large companies are...

Management agenda enters new era without top promoter

May 6, 2003 Mitch Daniels is a bit of rarity in Washington. He's an Office of Management and Budget director who many say actually understands-and cares-about the 'M' in OMB. Daniels is often credited with developing and implementing the president's management agenda, which forced agencies to improve performance in five areas: human resources...

Postal Service rejects ‘right to strike’ proposal for unions

April 30, 2003 CHICAGO-The U.S. Postal Service backed off a proposal that would have given unionized workers the right to strike. Agency officials Tuesday told a presidential commission on postal reform that allowing workers to strike-and management to exercise lockouts-during contract negotiations would be a "major mistake." The idea was first floated in...

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