Navy to outsource almost 3,000 jobs

The Navy recently informed Congress of its intent to outsource 2,981 jobs under the Office of Management and Budget's Circular A-76 process.

The positions are at six Naval Supply Systems Command sites. They are the Fleet Material Support Office in Mechanicsburg, Pa.; the Naval Inventory Control Points in Philadelphia and Mechanicsburg, Pa.; Fleet and Industrial Supply Center in San Diego; FISC Puget Sound in Washington; FISC in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; and FISC in Jacksonville, Fla.

The Navy will study hiring contractors for information systems management and support; inventory accuracy and quality deficiency review; and retail supply, according to a notice issued by the Naval Supply Systems Command. The study is consistent with the Bush administration's policy to accelerate outsourcing, largely by expanding competitions under the A-76 process.

President Bush's 2002 budget proposal directs agencies to open for competition at least half of the positions in their Federal Activities Inventory Reform Act listings'about 850,000 jobs deemed potentially commercial and therefore outsourceable'over the next eight years.

The first step in the Navy process is to form commercial activity study teams at each activity, according to the release.

'Career employees affected by a conversion to commercial contract will be given maximum assistance in continuing their federal careers through reassignment to other positions in the Department of Defense or other agencies,' the release said.

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