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NFFE Praises A-76 Revisions Passed in House Armed Services Committee

Thursday, May 10, 2007
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Randy Erwin, NFFE Legislative Director

Phone: (202) 257-0948

Washington, DC – Today, the House Armed Services Committee passed several revisions to the A-76 public-private competition process.  Together, these changes would do much to level the playing field for federal workers when competing against private contractors for the same government work.

The A-76 language passed in the Defense Authorization bill early Thursday morning would do the following:

  • Exclude health care and retirement costs from the A-76 cost comparison process.
  • Eliminate automatic recompetition of work performed by federal employees under A-76.
  • Establish equitable appeal rights for all federal employees.
  • Eliminate OMB outsourcing quotas.
  • Require the establishment of guidance to allow federal employees to compete for new work.
  • Establish in law a competition requirement for non-DoD agencies which is identical to what is permanent law for DoD.

“The current rules governing A-76 are not fair to federal workers.  They are clearly aimed at moving government jobs into the private sector.  These changes would do a lot to eliminate some of the egregious advantages contractors enjoy when competing against federal employees,” said Richard N. Brown, NFFE president.  

“NFFE applauds the Armed Services Committee for addressing this important issue,” said Brown. 

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