Workforce tug of war

Congress is making it harder for agencies to outsource jobs to the private sector. In the fiscal 2003 conference report, House and Senate conferees expressed their concern over setting arbitrary quotas or goals related to outsourcing. The conference report states:

"The conferees agree to a Senate provision prohibiting the use of funds to establish, apply or enforce any numerical goal, target or quota for contracting out unless the goal, target or quota is based on considered research and sound analysis of past activities and is consistent with the stated mission of the executive agency.

"Although the Senate provision was somewhat different than the provision adopted by the House, the conferees want to emphasize the strong opposition in both chambers to the establishment of arbitrary goals, targets and quotas. If any goals, targets or quotas are established following 'considered research and sound analysis' under the terms of this provision the conferees direct the Office of Management and Budget to provide a report to the Committees on Appropriations no later than 30 days following the announcement of those goals, targets or quotas specifically detailing the research and sound analysis that was used in reaching the decision."

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