Letter to the Editor

This is in regard to Milt Zall's March 19 column, "Trouble looms for feds," and his explanation of the A-76 process.

First, the A-76 process has two parts. The first part is to redesign the organization: Replace any uniformed military slots with fewer civilians because they don't deploy, go off on special training or have other military-unique requirements. The second part is to review all functions done and throw out all unnecessary functions. What's left is a lean organization.

Contractors bid to do the lean organization's functions and can be awarded the contract if they're not over 10 percent more than the cost of having civil service people do the work.

Yep, 10 percent over is OK. It would seem to me that what the government needs to do is a review of the functions it does and trim the ones that don't really need to be done. All those extra duties cost money. The contractor won't do those, unless you pay them to.

You need to compare the total cost of doing the functions. There is a budget book that has annualized cost for different types of government employees. The key is total cost.

Hope this helps shed some light on the A-76 process.

Name withheld upon request

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