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The federal floodgates should open later this year when government agencies begin bidding out at least 40,000 previously in-house jobs. In March, President Bush directed federal agencies to give private companies the opportunity to compete for at least 5 percent of all commercial jobs being performed by federal employees.
The 1998 Federal Activities Inventory Reform (FAIR) Act requires all federal agencies to list any "inherently commercial" jobs currently done by federal employees. For 2000, 115 agencies listed about 850,000 such jobs. (For a list of agencies' Web sites, go to: www.govexec.com/outsourcing and look under "The FAIR Act Report.") At press time, it was impossible to know, but available jobs will likely be heavy with computer and information-processing services, custodial and delivery jobs, and jobs involved with federal procurement.
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