AFL-CIO Pushes for Extension of Ban on Privatization of Government Jobs

The AFL-CIO is urging Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski to keep in place the long standing prohibition against the use of the OMB Circular A-76 privatization process. The House version of a fiscal 2015 spending bill doesn’t include the governmentwide ban on the use of A-76 while the Senate version does.

William Samuel, director of the AFL-CIO’s Government Affairs Department, pointed to the exit interview of former administrator of the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Federal Procurement Policy Joe Jordan who stated that the A-76 process is flawed and the ban against it should be continued. The Pentagon also strongly opposes efforts to repeal the prohibition.

“The administration’s opposition to lifting the moratorium is supported by Government Accountability Office findings that, despite years of costly and disruptive privatization studies across the federal government, A-76 supporters could not demonstrate any meaningful savings,” Samuel said in a letter dated Nov. 13 to Mikulski.


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