Senate Clamps Down on Contractors in Sensitive Jobs
November 14, 2011
The Obama administration opposes a provision in a Senate appropriations bill that would stop contractors from carrying out work that is "closely associated with inherently governmental functions."
White House officials said agencies should let contractors do the work, if the outsourcing is reasonable given the circumstances. But there should be no opportunity for the private-sector employee to influence the most sensitive of government decisions, in the White House's view.
“Agencies should not be expected to stop using contractors to perform these functions, as long as the agency is giving adequate management attention to ensure contractors are not impinging on the agency’s inherently governmental responsibilities,” officials wrote a statement of administration policy regarding a fiscal 2012 consolidated appropriations bill (H.R. 2354).
The specific provision is in the Senate's fiscal 2012 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act (S. 1573). The bill now is a part of the consolidated legislation. The Senate has started its debate on the legislation.