The Outsourcing Debate — Special Issue

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Tall Order
By Jason Peckenpaugh
Agencies are battling their own cultures as they try to comply with the Bush administration's directive to let companies compete for 425,000 federal jobs.

Networked Government
By William D. Eggers and Stephen Goldsmith
It's not about outsourcing vs. bureaucracy. It's about managing diverse webs of relationships to deliver value.


Inside Job
By Matthew Weinstock
How employees at an Air Force base played the job competition game-and won.

Give and Take
By Nancy Ferris
Federal agencies are outsourcing IT work at an
ever-increasing rate, but they're adding their own technology jobs at the same time.

After the Pact
By Jason Peckenpaugh
Concern about the cost of contracting could lead the Housing and Urban Development Department to bring some work back in house.


Profit Motive
By Matthew Weinstock and Shane Harris
Government work is big business-and businesses say they're not getting a fair shot at competing for it.

Playing Defense
By Brian Friel
Employee unions are fighting to save their members' jobs-and winning some concessions from the Bush administration in the process.

Six Myths of Competitive Sourcing
By Jacques S. Gansler
Critics of competitive sourcing base their opposition on six myths. But these theories increasingly are being tested, and the data are proving them wrong.


Editor's notebook: The Competitive Edge

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