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War Funding Bill Spares Coast Guard Civil Engineers from Downsizing

Friday, June 1, 2007
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Randy Erwin, NFFE Legislative Director

Phone: (202) 257-0948

A provision in the fiscal year 2007 supplemental appropriations bill (HR 2206), signed into law by President Bush last Friday, shut down a major downsizing and reorganization plan for the Civil Engineering Program of the Coast Guard. 

Under the Coast Guard’s plan, 15 percent of the 574 positions would be eliminated, and a large number of the workforce that avoids lay-offs would be forced to relocate from their current duty stations to Virginia or Washington State.  Civil Engineering Units from Miami, FL; Providence, RI; Honolulu, HI; Juneau, AK; and Cleveland, OH would be worst hit by the downsizing of the function.

“The effort to downsize the Civil Engineering Program was a very bad idea,” said Richard N. Brown, President of the National Federation of Federal Employees.  “The civil engineering units are already at dangerously low staffing levels, and eliminating a sizable piece of the workforce would only exacerbate this problem.”

Sec. 6403 of the bill reads:  None of the funds provided in this Act or any other Act may be used to alter or reduce operations within the Civil Engineering Program of the Coast Guard nationwide, including the civil engineering units, facilities, design and construction centers, maintenance and logistics command centers, and the Coast Guard Academy, except as specifically authorized by a statute enacted after the date of enactment of this Act.

Here is the link to the bill: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=110_cong_bills&docid=f:h2206enr.txt.pdf

“We applaud Congress for including this provision in the bill,” said Brown.  “This provision effectively ends the effort to downsize the Civil Engineering Units.”

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Established in 1917, the National Federation of Federal Employees is the oldest union representing civil service federal employees.  NFFE currently represents 90,000 federal employees government-wide, including the workers in the Providence Civil Engineering Unit.  NFFE is affiliated with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

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