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Bush Labor Department misled Congress in effort to privatize jobs

Government Accountability Office report finds Department used fictional numbers to support savings claims.

US Government Acountability Office sealby John Byrne, The Raw Story

November 25, 2008 — President George W Bush's Labor Department misled Congress in an effort to prove outsourcing jobs to private companies was more efficient than assigning the jobs to government employees, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Monday.

The report (pdf below) found that the Department used fictional projected numbers to improve "savings reports" — even when real numbers were already available. And when the government did find private firms to take a government job, that employee generally was either reassigned to another task with the same title or promoted.

The effort was called "competitive sourcing," aimed to increase government efficiency by having federal and private organizations compete for providing services. While part of a federal government approach since 1955, the Bush Administration has made the approach a key element of the President's Management Agenda under the Office of Management and Budget.

An investigation revealed, however, that the Labor Department — under direction from Bush budget officials — deliberately withheld information about true costs . . .

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  Bush Labor Department misled Congress in effort to privatize jobs, by John Byrne, The Raw Story, November 25 2008
  US Government Accountability Office report (pdf)

Posted: December 15, 2008

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