NFFE Praises One-Year Defund of Forest Service A-76 Program

Friday, June 8, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                     

Contact: Mark Davis, NFFE Forest Service Council Legislative Chair

Phone: 608-231-9474


Washington, DC – A provision in the fiscal year 2008 Interior appropriations bill, reported out of the House Appropriations Committee yesterday, would cut funding for the Forest Service competitive sourcing program in FY08. 


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.


“We 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,” said Richard N. Brown, President of the National Federation of Federal Employees.  “This 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.”


Report language accompanying the bill noted that “alleged savings are not substantiated” 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 program’s costs, and inadequate consideration of potential impacts on the agency’s ability to provide emergency wildfire staffing.


“The Appropriations Committee recognizes that A-76 is a poor model for reform in the Forest Service,” said Brown.  “We applaud the Committee for including this provision in the bill.”

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