House FY10 Financial Services Appropriations Bill Marks New Era in Federal Sourcing
(WASHINGTON) – Under the leadership of Chairman Jose Serrano (D-NY), the House of Representatives passed the FY10 Financial Services Appropriations Bill.
“Chairman Serrano deserves great praise for his inclusion in the measure of a requirement that agencies establish inventories of their service contracts,” declared AFGE National President John Gage. “This inventory requirement will allow agencies to identify contracts that include functions that should only be performed by federal employees or are being poorly performed, so that they can be reviewed for insourcing. The foundation for a comprehensive and permanent insourcing policy is a reliable service contractor inventory.
“This service contractor inventory will eventually allow agencies to track their contractor employees as closely as they already track their federal employees,” pointed out Gage. “Finally, agencies will be able to look closely at their entire workforce, both federal employees and contractor employees. Among other things, this will make insourcing as viable an option for agencies as outsourcing.”
“AFGE is also grateful for the leadership of Representative John Sarbanes (D-MD),” concluded Gage. “He is the sponsor for the bipartisan CLEAN UP Act (H.R. 2736), and the most important part of that legislation is the service contractor inventory that is included in the FY10 Financial Services Appropriations Bill. Thanks to his leadership, taxpayers will benefit, people who rely on the federal government will benefit, federal employees will benefit, and good contractors will benefit.”
“The prior Administration was too quick to outsource many of government’s most basic functions to the private sector, wasting billions in taxpayer dollars,” said Rep. Sarbanes. “The procurement reform provisions passed by the House today will begin to reverse this damage.”
The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employee union, representing 700,000 workers in the federal government and the government of the District of Columbia.