PausedUPDATE ON RECENT CYBER INCIDENTS: Open Letter to Colleagues from the Identity Theft Clearinghouse, FTCDear DOL Colleagues, I am writing to provide you an update on the recent cyber incidents at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). As we have recently shared, on June 4, OPM announced an intrusion impacting personnel information of approximately four million current and former Federal employees.
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Hires Contractors to perform IT work at multiple agencies
The Department of Labor is contracting out information technology (IT) functions performed by federal employees in the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and Employment Training Administration (ETA). It is the NCFLL's understanding that this contract will eventually result in the privatization of IT functions in the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and Employee Benefit Security Administration (EBSA).
DOL has acknowledged in writing that it is privatizing work performed by its own employees, in direct contradiction to the law. OMB Circular A-11, which provides guidance for implementation of the law states:
“Pursuant to 41 U.S.C. 1710 and 10 U.S.C. 2461, agencies are precluded from converting, in whole or in part, functions performed by federal employees to contract performance absent a public-private competition (a practice known as “direct conversion”). The conversion of work from in-house to private sector performance may only occur through public-private competition. Appropriations acts since 2009, however, have prohibited agencies from using funds to “begin or announce a study or public-private competition regarding the conversion to contractor performance of any function performed by Federal employees pursuant to Office of Management and Budget Circular A-76 or any other administrative regulation, directive, or policy.”
In other words, work designated for performance by federal employees cannot be converted to contractor performance without first conducting a cost comparison process that is consistent with the law.
NCFLL-AFGE members are proud to work for DOL, and we believe our agency is vital to our nation's workers. We must stop this illegal privatization, write to your elected representative urging them to tell Secretary Perez to reverse this illegal privatization.
WASHINGTON – The American Federation of Government Employees National President John Gage today issued the following response to President Obama’s proposed plan for shared prosperity and shared fiscal responsibility:
“AFGE supports a comprehensive economic strategy for the country that stimulates job growth, strengthens the middle class, reinforces entitlement programs for future generations and requires everyone, including the wealthy and corporations, to pay their fair share.”
The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employee union, representing 625,000 workers in the federal government and the government of the District of Columbia.