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OMB: Job Competition Savings
The OMB is releasing a report announcing that savings from job competitions between federal employees and private workers saved about $1.25 billion last year, up from $1.1 billion in 2003. The savings work out to about $20,000 per full time employee, and likely resulted from restructuring and eliminating positions.
The fact that the government is saving money proves we need to continue these public-private competitions, said Cathy Garman, senior vice president of public policy at the Contract Services Association.
"We and others have concerns about how they are calculating costs. We're concerned about these being 'guesstimates' and not representative of all costs associated with [competitions], such as staff time spent on holding competitions, said John Threlkeld, legislative representative for the American Federation of Government Employees.