FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 1, 2002

Magda Lynn Seymour
John Irvine
(202) 639-6419

U.S. Senate To Hold Hearing On Federal Service Contracting, AFGE To Testify

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)— “Should more government functions and jobs be handed over to big business, the government will soon be ‘out of business,’” according to Bobby L. Harnage, National President of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE).

Harnage will testify on behalf of 600,000 federal employees before the United States Senate Government Affairs Committee over the serious and longstanding problems in federal service contracting. The hearing has been called for:

Wednesday, March 6, 2002
9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Senate Hart Building Room 216

Senators Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) and Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) will focus the hearing on the Bush Administration’s plan to impose arbitrary contracting out quotas on all federal agencies and on AFGE-backed legislation—S. 1152, the Truthfulness, Responsibility & Accountability in Contracting (TRAC) Act.

“We speak and act in the long and looming shadow of the Bush Administration’s scheme to throw up for grabs the jobs of at least 425,000 federal employees over the next four years, either through direct conversions to contractor performance or public/private competitions. The Administration’s quotas are not about looking after the taxpayer or making government better; it’s about campaign contributions from corporations. This senseless action only further exacerbates the human capital crisis,” said Harnage while preparing his testimony.

AFGE is the largest union for government employees, representing 600,000 federal workers in the United States and overseas, as well as employees of the District of Columbia. To find out more about AFGE, visit www.afge.org.

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