House votes not to fund new A-76 projects

The House, in approving the $89.3 billion fiscal 2004 Transportation and Treasury spending bill, voted last week to eliminate funding for projects under the administration's revised competitive-sourcing rules. The Senate has yet to vote on its bill.

The House also voted for a federal civilian pay raise equal to that of the military.

Competitive sourcing is a key component to the President's Management Agenda to streamline government. Even if targeted jobs stay in-house, the administration has said that the competition process will result in increased government efficiency and lower costs.

An amendment, offered by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and approved on a 220-198 vote, blocked any funds for the new A-76 privatization process but allows agencies to revert to the previous process.

The Office of Management and Budget said President Bush's advisers would recommend vetoing any bill that does not include funds for competitive sourcing.

The House vote also rejected Bush's two-tier pay raise scale, one for the military and one for civilian federal employees, opting instead for parity. Bush proposed a 2 percent pay raise for civilians and 4.1 percent for military. The House bill would establish a 4.1 percent raise for both.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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