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Project on Government Oversight




Administration Takes Careful Look at Work Performed by Government and Private Sector Employees

March 31, 2010 


Today, the White House announced its long-awaited proposed policy for defining work that must be performed by federal employees. Stating that the line between work that must be performed by federal employees rather than contractor employees has become "blurred" and that the government has an "overreliance on contractors," the proposal hopes to rebalance functions to ensure that agencies are better meeting their missions.

"I'm pleased to see that the White House has selected the legal definition of government work rather than the political definition," stated POGO's General Counsel Scott Amey. "The proposed rule establishes a targeted approach that will better ensure companies with a financial interest are not driving federal policies and programs. However, enforcement of the rule will be difficult because contractors are often performing work that should be reserved for government employees."

POGO will be submitting a comprehensive public comment to the proposed rule on or before June 1, 2010.

Founded in 1981, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is a nonpartisan independent watchdog that champions good government reforms. POGO's investigations into corruption, misconduct, and conflicts of interest achieve a more effective, accountable, open, and ethical federal government.

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