OMB exec aims for competitive sourcing in IT

OMB exec aims for competitive sourcing in IT

Mitchell Daniels

The Bush administration is making a serious move toward electronic government and having public- and private-sector workers compete for jobs to provide citizens better service, a high-level government executive said this month.

E-government efforts will boost transactions with businesses as well as citizens, said Office of Management and Budget Director Mitchell E. Daniels, speaking at the Excellence in Government 2001 conference in Washington.

'Competitive sourcing, in my view, is the single best opportunity we have for dramatically improving service quality and cost efficiency in the provision of government services,' he said. The practice pits in-house staff against outside vendors for the chance to provide services.

Achieving excellence in the government is difficult, Daniels said, but it is crucial that employees do their best.

'We are proceeding with the general target of competitive sourcing. I stress competitive sourcing and not outsourcing,' he said. 'In a competitive situation, the government should be indifferent to who wins. The win comes in the form of savings and better quality.'

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