As part of the Congressional effort in 2009 to deal with the mess caused by the Bush Administration’s wholesale privatization effort, lawmakers repeatedly borrowed language and principles from a comprehensive contracting out reform bill introduced earlier this year—the Correction of Longstanding Errors in Agencies’ Unsustainable Procurements (CLEAN UP) Act (S. 924, H.R. 2736) that was introduced by Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Representative John Sarbanes (D-MD).
The CLEAN UP Act, which is championed by AFGE, includes or inspired a number of provisions which are now law, including:
“There is no question,” declared AFGE National President John Gage, “that this has been a banner year for our efforts to create laws and policies that make sourcing more accountable to agencies and taxpayers and more fair to federal employees. Our union is grateful to Senator Mikulski and Representative Sarbanes for their courageous leadership. AFGE will obviously continue to work with Congress in 2010 to clean up the contracting out mess left behind by the Bush Administration. However, next year the focus will shift in part to the Obama Administration, as it fully and faithfully complies with requirements to develop contractor inventories, promote insourcing, prevent direct conversions, and reform the A-76 process.”