Jan.'s list rates 126,000 jobs as outsourceable

Seventeen agencies this month gave the Office of Management and Budget their job inventories as required by the Federal Activities Inventory Reform Act.

The agencies, which included the Agriculture, Justice, Labor, Transportation and Treasury departments and the General Services and Social Security administrations, deemed 126,078 jobs not inherently governmental and potentially open to private-sector competition.

For 2001, OMB obtained FAIR listings three times, reviewing 108 agencies that account for about 1 million jobs, of which 556,084 were identified as possible outsourcing candidates.

Every agency except the CIA posts its FAIR list on the Web.

For the most recent filings, one agency missing from the inventories was the Defense Department, which opens more positions to outsourcing than any other agency. A DOD spokeswoman said the inventory went to OMB by the deadline. An OMB spokeswoman said the DOD listings will be released with other agencies' inventories later this year. The department's size slowed the OMB review, the spokeswoman said.

The Bush administration hopes to open at least 5 percent of all jobs to private-sector competition this year and 10 percent by 2003.

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