Army Considers Privatizing PR Jobs

"The US Army is considering a proposal to privatize more than 200,000 jobs, a move that could displace thousands of public affairs officers worldwide - and yield a wealth of opportunity for private firms," PR Week's Douglas Quenqua writes. "The privatization plan is part of an effort to concentrate more of the Army's resources on fighting terrorism and to comply with a directive, issued by President Bush last year, that all government agencies must farm out work not deemed 'inherently governmental.' If approved, the plan would create the largest transfer ever of government jobs over to the private sector."