AFGE Pushes Agencies to Inventory Service Contracts

Agencies have until February 15, 2016 to submit their inventories of service contracts to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), according to a new OMB data call. The memo is for non-defense agencies only as the Defense Department is covered under separate legislation.

Agencies have until March 31, 2016 to post OMB-approved inventory reports on their website and announce the availability of the inventories in the Federal Register. 

AFGE has been pushing OMB to monitor agency compliance with a 2010 law requiring agencies to inventory their service contracts annually to determine if the mix of federal employees and contractors is effective or if rebalancing is required.

AFGE locals and councils can use these inventories to map their agencies’ service contracts to identify where contractors are increasing and decreasing in order to identify where our work might be converted or where contractor work might be insourced. AFGE suspects a lot of illegal direct conversions of work to contractors when our members retire or are reassigned to perform other functions. We also suspect direct conversions of work that do not impact our members.

AFGE is urging locals to monitor their agency’s service contract inventory.

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