November 14, 2002
WHY ELECTIONS MATTER:Bush to Allow Private Sector Bids (RON FOURNIER, 11/14/2002, The Associated Press)
President Bush plans to subject as many as 850,000 federal jobs to competition from the private sector, administration officials said Thursday, a sweeping reform long sought by Republicans and stiffly opposed by labor unions.Posted by Orrin Judd at November 14, 2002 3:13 PM
Nearly half of the government's civilian work force could be affected by the plan to be published in the Federal Register on Friday. After a 30-day public review period, Bush can impose the new rules without congressional approval.
"This is inherent to getting the taxpayers the best deal for their dollars and the best service from the government,'' said Trent Duffy, spokesman for the Office of Management and Budget.
Bush and his fellow Republicans have long favored opening public sector jobs to competition from outside government. They argue that competitive bidding will force government bureaucracies to improve service and lower costs - or lose business to the private sector.
Public employee unions are expected to fight the proposal, which could cost their rank and file jobs.