FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 16, 2002
Magda Lynn Seymour
John Irvine
(202) 639-6419

AFGE to Testify Before National Commission on the Public Service

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)--The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) will provide testimony before the national commission charged with bringing comprehensive reform in the federal public service.

AFGE's General Counsel, Mark Roth, will testify before the National Commission on the Public Service regarding employee morale and the human capital crisis on:

Wednesday, July 17, 2002, at 9:30 a.m.
The Brookings Institution
Falk Auditorium
1775 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

"AFGE members feel they are regularly placed under attack by anti-government politicians and political appointees," Roth will testify. "Employees find it consistently harder to perform their jobs that seem to expand in statutory responsibilities with fewer employees and less resources."

Roth will point out that, "Members desperately want to make a difference in their jobs and provide efficient and effective service to the public; but lately, more than ever, they have less of a say over how the work can best be done--they are frustrated."

In his statement, Roth will highlight that, "The acceleration in contracting out without public-private competition sends an unmistakable message to current and prospective federal employees:

The government does not want you, it does not think it should employ you, and it is trying to find a contractor to take you off its employment rolls. The government does not care if you are more efficient, effective and dedicated than any contractor would or could be, it does not care if you are less costly, if you have any conflicts of interest--it just wants to give your job to a contractor regardless of cost, regardless of conflicts of interest. The job is going out the door without giving you even the opportunity to compete."

For AFGE's recommendations for civil service reform and a complete copy of the testimony, log onto www.afge.org.

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