"AFGE appreciates that OMB has taken initial steps toward making its sequestration guidance less one-sided against federal employees and more consistent with longstanding prohibitions against illegal service contracting," AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. said. "Agencies must finally begin imposing sequestration sacrifices on service contractors, particularly DoD."OMB should follow up on this new guidance by setting savings goals for agencies to achieve in reducing spending on service contracts so that contracting officers can overcome the inevitable resistance from entrenched and connected service contractors. Despite the new guidance, agencies still have more freedom to enter into contracts than to hire federal employees in order to perform new work. This means that agencies often will outsource new work, even when it can be performed more efficiently in-house or includes functions too sensitive to privatize.
OMB Makes Initial Progress Toward Better Sequestration Guidance
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