Federal Employee Union (NFFE) Disapproves of Reorganization at GSA

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Contact:  Randy Erwin   (202) 216-4451 (office)   (202) 898-1866 (fax)  


Washington, DC – National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) National President/DBR Richard N. Brown testified before the House Government Reform Committee today regarding the proposed merger of the Federal Technology Service (FTS) and the Federal Supply Service (FSS) within the General Services Administration (GSA). 


Brown made clear that the union's opposition to the merger begins with the negative impact the reorganization will have on department employees.


"The rank and file employees at GSA vehemently oppose a merger between the Federal Technology Service (FTS) and the Federal Supply Service (FSS),"declared Brown.  "We have no assurance that hundreds of GSA employees will not be sacrificed to make way for profit–driven contract work."


The union's opposition to the merger is strengthened by the contention that a whole or partial elimination of the FTS would be problematic to GSA and the government as a whole.


"We envision that there will be a widespread erosion of essential in-house expertise necessary to ensure cost-effective contracting of information technology products and services," said Brown.  "A merger will make existing procurement problems worse, and it will be more costly to American tax-payers."

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