WASHINGTON— The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) appreciates the bipartisan leadership of Reps. Joe Knollenberg (R-Mich.) and John Olver (D-Mass.), the chair and ranking member, respectively, of the House Transportation-Treasury-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee for retaining in the FY07 funding bill, which was marked up yesterday, the public-private competition requirement for federal jobs.
This competition requirement, which was first included in the previous year’s bill, ensures that before functions performed by more than 10 employees are given to contractors, a public-private competition must be held in which federal employees submit their most competitive bids and contractors must at least promise savings sufficient to offset the presumed and often significant cost of conducting the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-76 privatization reviews. This competition requirement applies to all agencies except the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Defense. However, the Defense Appropriations Bill has included its own strong public-private competition requirement since FY04.
"Thanks to the work of Chairman Knollenberg, Ranking Member Olver, and all of the other Republican and Democratic lawmakers who helped to make this competition requirement law last year," said AFGE National President John Gage, "the American people get the best of both worlds: Federal agencies get the services they need and at the quality they need, but at the lowest possible price for taxpayers. AFGE will work with friendly lawmakers in the Senate to ensure that this competition requirement remains the law of the land in FY07."