House OKs Federal Job Outsourcing Ban Amendment to Fiscal 2018 Defense Spending Bill

The House voted 253-172 Thursday to pass an amendment to a defense appropriations bill for fiscal 2018 that would continue a ban on outsourcing federal jobs under the Office of Management and Budget Circular A-76, Government Executive reported Friday.

“The fundamental flaw inherent in the A-76 process is the erroneous underlying methodology used to determine whether or not federal civilian jobs would be outsourced,” said Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Pennsylvania), who introduced the bipartisan amendment.

“These studies rely on a process that both the Government Accountability Office and the Inspector General of the Department of Defense concluded could not demonstrate any savings,” he added.

The amendment is part of a potential $789 billion fiscal 2018 spending package the House approved Thursday via a 235-192 vote.

GovExec reported the spending package that is now headed to the Senate would allocate funds to DoD, the Department of Veterans Affairs, legislative branch, military construction efforts as well as energy and water infrastructure programs.

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