Union Accuses Administration of Aiming Cuts at Employees, Not Contractors

January 17, 2013

The Obama administration is favoring contractors over federal workers in its strategy for confronting threatened across-the-board budget cuts, the president of the American Federation of Government Employees charged Wednesday.

While that strategy likely will mean large-scale hiring freezes and furloughs throughout the federal workforce, “service contractors emerge relatively unscathed,” J. David Cox wrote in similar letters to Danny Werfel, acting deputy director and controller at the Office of Management and Budget, and Frederick Vollrath, the Defense Department’s acting assistant secretary for readiness and force management.

“On what grounds can such disparate treatment be justified?” Cox wrote in the letter to Werfel. “To balance the hiring freeze, why isn’t OMB endorsing freezes on new service contracts, exercises of contract options and approvals of contract modifications?”

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