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OMB Outlines Plan To Reduce Government Reliance On Outside Contractors
The White House Office of Management and Budget is directing federal agencies to take a series of actions designed to reduce the government's growing reliance on outside contractors. In memoranda, the OMB outlines steps the Obama administration hopes will help save $40 billion annually through improved acquisition practices. Department and agency heads are being told to cut contract spending by 3.5 percent in each of the next two fiscal years. Among the strategies outlined in three memos, the OMB issues policies intended to strengthen the federal acquisition workforce and to return some work now done by outsiders to federal employees.

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