NFFE Praises One-Year Defund of Forest Service A-76 ProgramFriday, June 8, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mark Davis,
Sec. 414(a)(2) of the bill reads: None of the funds available to the Forest Service may be used in fiscal year 2008 for competitive sourcing studies and related activities.
â€œWe are very pleased to see Congress step in and take decisive action to address the wasteful and ineffective competitive sourcing program in the Forest Service,â€ said Richard N. Brown, President of the National Federation of Federal Employees. â€œThis agency has an established track record of failure in their efforts to privatize government work, and this is an important first step to make sure it does not continue.â€
Report language accompanying the bill noted that â€œalleged savings are not substantiatedâ€ and listed a number of serious problems that led to this action, including: previous wide-spread management lapses which required legislative action, failure to implement accounting and reporting requirements concerning the programâ€™s costs, and inadequate consideration of potential impacts on the agencyâ€™s ability to provide emergency wildfire staffing.
â€œThe Appropriations Committee recognizes that A-76 is a poor model for reform in the Forest Service,â€ said Brown. â€œWe applaud the Committee for including this provision in the bill.â€