There are concerns that the federal government contracts with bad contractors which violate international core labor standards (e.g., freedom of association, right to bargain collectively as well as prohibitions against severe forms of human trafficking and child labor) as well as various civil and political rights.
Many of these scofflaw contractors are based overseas. AFGE needs to be involved in this debate to ensure that any changes to the procurement process take into account the needs of the acquisition personnel represented by this union. If you are a member of the federal government’s acquisition workforce, will you please take the time to respond to the following questions?
For example, does the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) give you the authority you need to deny contracts to scofflaw contractors? Should the procurement process be used to promote compliance with international core labor standards? Or is it the job of the acquisition workforce to award contracts, rather than police contractors on matters unrelated to performance?
Neither side in this debate seems well-informed about the day-to-day responsibilities of federal rank-and-file acquisition personnel. Even the most well-intentioned reforms aren’t going to work if they cannot be easily implemented. That’s why it is so important that the voice of the real acquisition workforce be heard in this debate.
Please provide in your email your name, your agency, and what acquisition work you do. If you’d prefer not to provide your name or want your response to remain confidential, that’s okay too.