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Section 647 Transmittal Letter to Selective Members of Congress

The following is the unaddressed text of DOL's Section 647 Report Transmittal letter that was mailed to 14 selective Members of Congress on December 30th, 2004. The report addresses the Department's FY2004 Competitive Sourcing activities.

"In compliance with Section 647(b) of Division F of the FY 2004 Consolidated Appropriations Act (P.L. 108-199), and on behalf of the Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao, I am pleased to submit the following enclosed documents pertaining to the Department of Labor's (DOL) FY 2004 Competitive Sourcing activities:

  • A spreadsheet summarizing programmatic information concerning the Department's six competitions completed in FY 2004. See Enclosure 1.
  • A spreadsheet summarizing programmatic information concerning two competitions announced by the Department in FY 2004 that are presently in progress and scheduled for completion in May 2005. See Enclosure 2.
  • A discussion of steps the Department has taken to align its competitive sourcing and strategic human capital management initiatives. See Enclosure 3.

As the enclosures describe, DOL has completed competitions involving 66 FTEs in FY 2004. Competitions involving an additional 56 FTEs were pending at the end of the fiscal year. Five of the six competitions that were completed during FY 2004 resulted in continued in-house performance of the functions by federal staff — confirming the efficiency of DOL staff. The Department anticipates announcing competitions that will study the activities of approximately 339 FTEs during FY 2005.

The enclosed materials have been prepared in accordance with guidance in OMB Memorandum M-05-01 (October 15, 2004). If you have any questions or require any additional information, please contact me on (202) 693-4040, or have a member of your staff contact Larry Clark, Director, Office of Competitive Sourcing, at (202) 693-4020 or via e-mail at


Patrick Pizzella
Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management,
Competitive Sourcing Official