Earlier today, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform considered several bills of interest to federal employees, and advanced some of the legislation for further action by the House of Representatives.
The Committee considered a bill, H.R. 1339, introduced by Rep. John Duncan (R-TN) that would drastically alter the current agency outsourcing and acquisition processes by disfavoring federal employees for work functions, and instead create a preference for private sector entities to perform federal agency functions by mandating A-76 competitions that would not have to demonstrate cost savings. NTEU strongly opposes this legislation, and maintains that federal employees perform the work of the federal government better and cheaper than contractors. The bill raised significant acquisition policy and cost concerns from members of congress on both sides of the aisle and was ultimately pulled from the agenda.
The Committee did advance several other pieces of legislation, including a bipartisan bill, H.R. 3303, sponsored by Representatives Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Peter King (R-NY), and Jim Langevin (D-RI) that would ensure federal law enforcement officials, including Customs and Border Protection Officers, receive their full retirement should they become disabled in the line of duty.
The Committee also debated H.R. 2846, titled the Federal Agency Customer Service Experience Act, that would authorize agencies to seek certain voluntary feedback from the public regarding federal agency services and transactions. The bill was amended by Representatives Jamie Raskin (D-MD) and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) with NTEU-suggested language stating that it is the sense of Congress that adequate funding for agencies is necessary to ensure the staffing necessary to provide the public with the appropriate customer service levels.
Here is NTEU’s letter to the Committee for your review.