Bill would alter job criteria

Bill would alter job criteria

Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) has introduced a bill that would eliminate educational and experience requirements for federal contract workers.

Under the Federal Contractor Flexibility Act, requests for proposals could not require minimum experience or educational levels for contractor personnel unless agencies justified the requirements.

Davis noted that under current requirements, Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates would not be allowed to work on some contracts because he never graduated from college. 'The government will get better results if it issues performance-based criteria and leaves it up to the offerors to propose how they will satisfy them,' he said.

The bill, HR 3582, would require revisions to Federal Acquisition Regulation language within 180 days of enactment. The bill is pending before the House Government Reform Committee, of which Davis is a member.

'Shruti Dat', Susan M. Menke and Christopher J. Dorobek

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