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Contracting Out Air Traffic Control


TRAC Act

NATCA supports the Truthfulness, Responsibility and Accountability in Contracting Out Act (H.R. 721/S. 1152) that would simply correct several longstanding problems and inequities in the contracting out process.  Specifically, the legislation would temporarily suspend new federal service contracting until agencies: establish reliable reporting systems to track costs and savings from contracting out; prevent contracting without public-private competitions; and subject contractor work to public-private competition. 


Bush Administration - Outsourcing

Even after the tragic events of September 11, the Administration remains firm in its commitment to contract over 400,000 federal jobs to the private sector and to mandate A-76 competitions for half of the positions listed on the FAIR inventories.  The Office of Management and Budget has directed federal agencies to open up at least five percent of commercial jobs to contractor competition in FY02 and ten percent in FY03, with the goal of eventually reaching 50 percent of commercial jobs.  NATCA opposes the Bush Administration’s competitive outsourcing initiative that sets arbitrary quotas for federal agencies and provides incentives to meet those quotas.

The OMB will rely on accurate FAIR Act lists provided by agencies that identify jobs that are commercial in nature.  In addition, agencies are being required to submit lists of inherently governmental jobs.  OMB intends to scrutinize these lists, which are due on June 30, to ensure that jobs are properly classified. 


DOT INSPECTOR GENERAL

While no individual member of Congress is advocating expansion of the Federal Contract Tower program and there is no pending legislation, this has not deterred the DOT Inspector General Ken Mead from pushing the issue.  On March 13, 2002, in testimony before the House Transportation Subcommittee, Mead stated that:

"We also identified that FAA could save over $57 million annually by expanding the contract tower program to 71 visual flight rule towers still operated by FAA.  Clearly, these action are controversial among certain groups, however; given the current fiscal issues facing FAA, the agency needs to objectively consider these and other cost saving measures from a business perspective."

The Inspector General also noted that the Congress, the FAA, the airports and the users have all endorsed this program as safe and effective.

 

 

 
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Press Releases
Tuesday, January 07, 2003--
NATCA, FAA REACH TENTATIVE DEAL ON TWO-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION

Friday, December 20, 2002--
AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS DISTRIBUTE LEAFLETS NATIONWIDE, WARNING OF LOOMING SAFETY CONCERNS FROM PRIVATIZATION

Wednesday, December 04, 2002--
FAA INTENDS TO DECLARE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL A “COMMERCIAL ACTIVITY”; AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS ARE DEEPLY CONCERNED, BUT NOT SURPRISED

 

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