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Report Finds That OMB Did Not Influence DOD In Competitive Sourcing
The Office of Management and Budget didnít direct or require the defense secretary or military departments to undertake public/private competitions for Defense Department work, according to a recently released report. Department of Defense officials in charge of the competitions said they didnít feel pressured by OMB officials to conduct the competitions, according to a DOD Inspector generalís report. However, the Army was under ďextremeĒ pressure from the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) to conduct the competitions, the report states. Competitive sourcing pits government employees against contractors for government work. The program has stirred up a lot of controversy in Congress, and numerous bills have restricted the use of competitive sourcing and almost stopped the practice.

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