Obama Miffed; Approach To TSA Contract Misguided


In a letter last month, Obama expressed dissatisfaction with the way that the Transportation Security Administration awarded a $1.2 billion contract to the Lockheed Martin for human resources support.

Remember the deal? It could be worth up to $3 billion.

In his letter to John Gage, national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, aka AFL-CIO, Obama said that TSA employees did not have a proper chance to compete in house for the work. He said that's not fair.

"This year, TSA gave an enormous $1.2 billion sole source contract for human resources services without regard to the rules that require them to allow current TSA employees to compete for that work," he wrote in a letter.

Here's a story by Alice Lipowicz in Federal Computer Week.

Obama also said:

"Since 2001, TSA has had the unfettered ability to deny its workforce even the most basic labor rights and protections. Other law enforcement officers - from Border Patrol Agents to Federal Protective Officers to the U.S. Capitol Police--all have collective bargaining rights."

"Collective bargaining rights ensure that federal agencies run as effectively as possible and are able to focus on protecting our national security. Collective bargaining agreements also provide an excellent structure to address issues such as a fair promotion system, the scheduling of overtime, shift rotation, health and safety improvements, parking, child care and public transportation subsidies."

The changes keep coming.


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