OMB clarifies FAIR Act job appeal process

Josh Bolten

The Office of Management and Budget is trying to make it clear when employees, unions and companies can challenge classifications of agency jobs under the Federal Activities Inventory Reform Act.

OMB this month published a correction notice in the Federal Register.

The budget office said it was prompted to clarify the appeals process because of confusion about new rules for competing positions between the public and private sectors under OMB Circular A-76. The revised circular said challenges 'are limited to the reclassification of an activity,' which led to questions about whether appeals were possible only when an agency changed a job's standing from inherently government to commercial, or vice versa.

In a memorandum, OMB director Joshua Bolten said there is no such limitation. OMB wants interested parties to submit challenges as they see fit, he said.

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