From the office of U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski:
Mikulski Puts Measures Prohibiting A-76 Contracting-out and Arbitrary Cuts and Freezes into FY2014 Financial Services Appropriations Bill
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the fiscal year 2014 Financial Services Appropriations Bill approved by the full Appropriations Committee includes safeguards she fought for that would help level the playing field for federal employees.
“Whenever deficit reduction comes up, federal employees are the first to take a hit,” Senator Mikulski said. “They are the targets of unending attacks. Downsizing and RIFs. Diet COLAs and contracting-out. Furloughs and shutdowns. Today federal employees are continuing to work under a pay freeze and bills continue to be introduced slashing the federal workforce without asking what services will be lost. By standing up to arbitrary cuts and freezes, we will level the playing field for hardworking federal employees.”
Senator Mikulski put language in the bill to:
· Continue a government-wide suspension of new A-76 contracting-out;
· Direct agencies to identify wrongly-outsourced work and bring it back in-house;
· Prevent the work of federal employees from being outsourced without comparing the cost of federal employees and contractors; and
· Prohibit arbitrary freezes or cuts to the size of the federal workforce by requiring agencies to manage workload based on available funds and workforce necessary to carry out the agencies’ missions and functions.
“I’m proud of the work that we’ve done for our federal employees, but the job isn’t over,” Senator Mikulski said. “Continuing efforts to prevent outsourcing and contracting-out is important both for American taxpayers and our federal employees.”
In the next step of the appropriations process, the bill will move to the Senate floor for a vote, which has not yet been scheduled.