The revised A-76 circular sets tight deadlines for agencies to finish public-private job competitions, but scraps a policy that allowed agencies to turn over work to private contractors without first letting federal employees compete for their jobs.
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The White House hopes pressure from high-level officials—including President Bush—will prod agencies to improve their marks on the administration's management scorecard.
The Bush administration will no longer require federal agencies to finish public-private job competitions on 425,000 federal jobs before they can receive top marks for success in competitive sourcing, a Bush official said Thursday.
The Bush administration announced Thursday that it opposes language in a House bill calling for military-civilian pay parity, and objects to an effort to prohibit the use of goals for putting Defense Department jobs up for competition with the private sector.
In a major shift in how the White House is pursuing its government reform effort, Bush administration officials have set a deadline of July 1, 2004, for agencies to meet new performance targets.