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Senate competitive-sourcing bill strikes a nerve

When Sen. Barbara Milkuski (D-Md.) introduced the Clean-Up Act, reader reaction was swift.

“One small step for the union man. One giant leap backward for a capitalist society,” commented a reader who identified him- or herself only as M.

The bill, which also goes by the tongue-twisting name of the Correction of Longstanding Errors in Agencies Unsustainable Procurements Act, or S. 924, would suspend indefinitely the Bush administrations A-76 process, which was put on a temporary hold by the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act.

One reader predicted that the bill, if passed, would help lead to the end of the Democratic majority in 2010. “Great, let’s socialize everything,” wrote Chuck from Florida.

Others were more introspective – Jaime Gracia of Washington D.C. talked about the need for fairness for contractors and government workers.

An anonymous poster wonder if there is more to the bill: “Federal workers have been winning over 80 percent of all competitions. The playing field seems to have already been tilted in their favor. What it the real agenda?”

Read the story and add your comments.

Posted by Nick Wakeman on May 06, 2009 at 9:54 AM

Reader Comments

Tue, Jun 16, 2009 DJ

Feds do win comp sourcing procurements more freqently that private industry. However, incumbent contractors win competitions more frequently in non-competitive sourcing procurements. In otherwords, Feds win more often because they are the incumbent and have more familiarity with the work.

Mon, May 11, 2009

When I worked in the defense industry, the overhead was about 400%. Government overhead was about half that plus federal workers got less pay for the same job. How does contracting out save taxpayers? It seems like the campain contributions came from industry, not government workers.

Thu, May 7, 2009 Scott McLean, VA

Most decisions this administration has made have been to the direct benefit of Labor Unions. - CleanUp would allow the AFGE to grow and internal programs to not have to remain competitive. - Chrysler bond holder tried to fund Chrysler's turnaround and were promised priority in a bankruptcy. Obama got publicly steamed when they wouldn't re-write the terms of their contract and accept 30 cents on the dollar. - Chrysler is now majority owned by the Treasury and the UAW and they have forgiven the $7B bailout. - The "Employee Freedom of Choice Act" is doing away with the Secret Ballot in votes to establish Unions and - When GM files for bankruptcy, will the bailout be forgiven since the UAW owns 39% of the company?? As with most things...Follow the Money..er campaign donations.

Thu, May 7, 2009

If they want more federal workers rather than contractors then they also need to start looking at the OPM rules. It is so difficult for federal managers to hire the people they really want to hire. Many federal managers assume they will have to accept some nominees they don't want to hire in hopes they will get the one they want to hire. The federal human resources process is broken. Until they work on that process there is no reason to close out the contractors who are able to supplement the federal work force when they are unable to hire the expertise they need.

Thu, May 7, 2009 M

One small step for unions. One giant leap backward for citizenkind.

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