Air Force to outsource nearly 180 jobs at Sheppard Air Force Base

The American Federation of Government Employees will protest the decision to the Government Accountability Office, said Diana Price, an AFGE procurement specialist.

The decision comes after nearly a decade of studies and competitions.

AFGE contends the Air Force broke the 18-month time limit on the public-private competitions because the competition was put on hold for several years. The first competition, which began in 1999, was canceled in 2001 while the Air Force amended its competition rules. A preliminary planning for a second competition began in 2003 with a formal competition starting in September 2006, nearly 24 months ago.

“AFGE plans to hold the Air Force accountable for violating federal law, even if it interferes with the administration’s privatization agenda,” Price said.
Further, the information used in the competition may be outdated. Of the 180 civilian positions that will be eliminated, 34 were already vacant, meaning the in-house work force was already doing the work with 20 percent fewer resources, she said.

The competition for civil engineering jobs was part of a larger competitive sourcing study that involved training development, technical training support and fitness center services at Sheppard. The training and fitness center jobs competitions were won by the in-house employees.

Those three competitions involved 49 civilian jobs and 41 military jobs. All military jobs will be eliminated and personnel reassigned, Smith said. Smith could not say what final staffing levels for the civilians would be because the details about the winning submissions will remain under wraps during the 10-day window losing bidders have to file protests.

Savings estimates for the four competitions also were not available because of the protest period, Smith said.

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