Bill would suspend new outsourcing
- By Colleen O'Hara
- Mar 05, 2000
More than 60 Congress members support legislation that would temporary suspend
contracting out by federal agencies, however the bill is unlikely to pass
Last week at the request of the American Federation of Government Employees
(AFGE), Rep. Albert Wynn (D-Md.) introduced the Truthfulness, Responsibility,
and Accountability in Contracting Act. The bill would prevent agencies from
awarding new outsourcing contracts until they can prove they're cost-effective
and beneficial. Exceptions would include items such as national security.
The bill (H.R. 3766) would also:
* Require agencies to track costs and savings from outsourcing.
* Require public-private competition before contracting out.
* Abolish arbitrary personnel ceilings to enable agencies to hire more
workers if they could do the job more efficiently.
* Require agencies to hold contractors to the same level of public-private
competition as federal employees.
* Demand more data on wages and benefits.
The bill is an attempt to raise the awareness of outsourcing among Congress
members and the administration and to have legislation ready when vendors
make their expected push for legislation that would encourage the practice,
according to AFGE. But it's highly unlikely that the bill will become law
If the bill were to pass, the government would "practically come to a halt,"
said Olga Grkavac, vice president with the Information Technology Association
of America's Enterprise Solutions Division. "There aren't enough government
workers to do the work."
ITAA does not support the legislation, Grkavac said. "Clearly, we think
it would be detrimental," she said. "The government is already having trouble
with IT recruitment."
The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Government Reform.