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Senate Measure Stokes Feud Over Outsourcing Work to Private Sector

"This provision goes way beyond what they have ever done before," said Colleen Preston, senior vice president at the Contract Services Association. "The fact that it is in the House and Senate bill is going to be a real killer."

Stan Z. Soloway, president of the Professional Services Council, predicted fewer companies would compete for federal work. "At a time when Congress is pressing for competition everywhere else, it is ironic that they would kill competition in areas that could benefit from it," he said.

AU to Honor Government Executives

John Potter, the postmaster general, and MaryAnn Musumeci, a medical center director for the Veterans Affairs Department, will be honored with the 2007 Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership tomorrow evening.

The award, in its 30th year, is presented by American University's School of Public Affairs. Mark Everson, the head of the American Red Cross and a former Internal Revenue Service commissioner, will give the keynote address, "Thoughts From a Recovering Political Appointee."

Potter began his career in the Postal Service as a clerk in New York in 1978. He has sorted and delivered mail and served in executive positions in the field and at postal headquarters. As postmaster general since 2001, he has reduced post office operating costs and increased productivity.

Musumeci has been the director of the Bronx/James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center for 13 years. She began her federal career in 1972 as a registered nurse, and has held nursing and administrative positions in the VA. She was honored with the presidential rank award in 2001 and 2006.

The award recognizes public servants who have improved the effectiveness of their organizations and demonstrated a commitment to training and educating managers and executives. It is named for Jones, who served as chairman of the old Civil Service Commission and later at the State Department and the White House budget office.

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