April 30, 2003
Diane Witiak
(202) 639-6419


WHO: Bobby L. Harnage, Sr., National President
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)

WHAT: Testimony before the House Armed Services Committee

WHERE: Rayburn House Office Building
Room 2118

WHEN: Thursday, May 1, 2003
9 a.m.

WHY: The House Armed Services Committee is holding a hearing on the Pentagon’s legislative proposals to overhaul the Department of Defense (DoD) personnel system

AFGE National President Bobby L. Harnage, Sr., will testify in strong opposition to proposals to revamp the DoD’s personnel system. Harnage will emphasize that these proposals erase decades of social progress in employment standards, punish a workforce that has just made a crucial and extraordinary contribution to our victory in Operation Enduring Freedom, and take away from Congress and affected employees the opportunity they possess to have a voice in crafting and approving the personnel and other systems of DoD.

AFGE represents some 600,000 government employees throughout the United States and overseas. Its largest concentration of membership is in the Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration. To learn more about AFGE and its position on DoD’s proposed legislation, visit

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