Commentary

More Benefits of Federal Job Competitions

Following up on my post from the other day, another batch of federal employees have won a public-private job competition:

A team of technology workers at the Office of Personnel Management held on to their jobs in the agency’s 15th public-private competition by agreeing to cut back on overtime, agency officials announced Thursday. The 52 IT specialists, based in Macon, Ga., proposed a 40 percent cut in overtime expenses, said Ronald Flom, OPM’s deputy associate director for contracting, facilities and administrative services, in the announcement. OPM expects to save $9.9 million during the next five years by going with the in-house team’s plan. Of that, $900,000 will come from the overtime reductions. Employees at the personnel agency have prevailed in 13 out of 15 public-private competitions held since the Bush administration introduced the competitive sourcing initiative. “The record of OPM keeping jobs in-house … is excellent and confirms the fairness of the process,” Flom said.

Leonard Gilroy is vice president of government reform at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets. He also serves as senior managing director of the Pension Integrity Project at Reason Foundation, which assists policymakers and other stakeholders in designing, analyzing and implementing public sector pension reforms.