NTEU sues over A-76

The National Treasury Employees Union has filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn revised competitive sourcing rules released last month by the Office of Management and Budget.

The new Circular A-76, which took effect May 29, outlines the process agencies must follow when deciding whether the private sector should be allowed to bid on performing federal activities. The suit claims that the revised A-76 circular "has illegally trumped Congress" in determining whether a federal job should be subject to such competition.

Dorris promoted at GSA

Martha Dorris, former deputy director of the Office of Intergovernmental Solutions at the General Services Administration, has been named director of the office. She succeeds Frank McDonough, who retired from GSA in May. Dorris' promotion was effective June 15.

"Martha Dorris was selected because of her extensive background in working e-gov issues at all levels of government," said M.J. Jameson, associate administrator of GSA's Office of Citizen Services and Communications, in a statement.

A 21-year GSA veteran, Dorris' positions have ranged from computer programmer to manager.

CAPPS II under more scrutiny

An amendment to the Homeland Security appropriations bill calls for much stricter review of the Computer Assisted Passenger Prescreening System II (CAPPS II) before funding is approved.

The House Appropriations Committee voted June 17 to withhold fiscal 2004 funding for CAPPS II pending a review by the General Accounting Office. The amendment, spearheaded by Rep. Martin Olav Sabo (D-Minn.), also directs the National Academy of Sciences to study the system's impact on passengers' privacy and civil liberties.


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