Agencies must put up for competition at least 5 percent of the positions on their Federal Activities Inventory Reform Act lists over the next fiscal year, OMB has announced.
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The federal government has spent the past five years in a race to help local governments prepare for a chemical attack by terrorists. The initial sprint was good; the middle distance is proving to be harder.
Secretary of State Colin Powell is asking Congress for a 14 percent increase in the State Department’s operating budget next year, with much of the money aimed at filling job vacancies, buying new computer equipment and improving embassy security.
A growing number of observers say challenging agency outsourcing lists under the FAIR Act is a waste of time. But a Bush administration plan to put hundreds of thousands of jobs up for competition may change that.
The chair of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee pledged Friday to hold agencies accountable for results, saying accountability can cure the government’s pervasive management problems.
The Postal Service on Thursday delivered more bad news to stakeholders: The agency will halt construction projects this year in a cost-cutting effort.