August 02, 2001
Magda Lynn Seymour
Diane S. Witiak
(202) 639-6419

AFGE Thanks Abercrombie for Leading the Fight Against Contracting Out

The Abercrombie amendment would ensure that Department of Defense (DoD) civilian employees have full and fair opportunities to compete in defense of their jobs before their work is given to contractors. It would give DoD civilian employees full and fair opportunities to compete for at least a fraction of new work before it is given to contractors. The measure would also require DoD to emphasize contracting in to the same extent as contracting out. Finally, the Abercrombie amendment would require DoD to track its contractor work force with respect to cost and size, using methodology developed by the Department of the Army.

The Abercrombie amendment would not prevent contracting out. However, it would ensure that warfighters and taxpayers have the benefit of more public-private competitions before work is given to contractors as well as more scrutiny of the work performed by contractors.

"I must note the aggressive grassroots lobbying by AFGE activists who have educated Members of Congress about the unaccountability and inequities in the contracting processing," Harnage said. "The passage of the Abercrombie amendment is only the beginning of the process, but it is a promising start. Moreover, because of the effectiveness of our activists, this is just the first salvo."

"On behalf of taxpayers, warfighters, customers and everyone who cares about good government, AFGE pledges to continue its fight against indiscriminate service contracting in the courts, on Capitol Hill and at every level of the federal government," Harnage concluded.

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