Letter appears to caution Democrats against using the politically sensitive Defense appropriations bill to break Bush’s $933 billion limit.
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Provision would put a hold on Pentagon public-private competitions until guidance is developed for bringing work back in-house.
Senior official tells lawmakers the department is learning from poor results on a 2006 federal workforce survey.
Issues include poor requirements, inadequate competition and insufficient oversight.
Margaret Spellings enlists regulators to help stop abuses.
Performance-based contracting, used poorly, is costing government more than keeping the work in-house, inspector general says.
Panel keeps provision to roll back aspects of controversial new civilian personnel system.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani sits at the head of the class for the GOP, and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, for the Democrats.
Delay should not affect the appropriations process, which is already off to a slow start.
Official says tougher target would have “chilling effect” on agencies’ efforts to buy from small firms.