DoD Caught Red-Handed Apparently Trying to Illegally Outsource Email System

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Outsourcing work designated for performance by civilian employees is prohibited by law and the Defense Department’s own implementation policy. Yet the Defense Information Systems Agency is seeking to do just that with its operation and management of the email system for 1.6 million users both inside and outside the United States.

The agency posted a request for information on on Sept. 16 with expressed intent to hand over the crucial email and associated services to for-profit businesses.

“Given the acknowledgement by a senior agency official that your agency is actively planning for the privatization of functions performed by civilian employees, please explain why the action contemplated would not be in defiance of 10 USC 2461 and the department’s own implementation guidance, copies of which I attach, and why this effort should not be expeditiously discontinued and disavowed,” AFGE President J. David Cox Sr. said in a letter to DoD Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen. 

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