Reject defense reforms, federal workers urge Congress


The bureaucracy never wants reform, unless it means the expansion of agencies and/or increased pay.

There are many civilians who file into the Pentagon everyday who do very well for themselves and they don’t want that to change. This is a fundamental part of Washington DC culture.

(From Defense News)

Federal workers told Congress this week that defense acquisition reform proposals billed as cutting red tape for the Pentagon to buy trailblazing commercially available items would “result in large unnecessary costs,” and they are urging lawmakers to reject them.

The opposition by the American Federation of Government Employees, which counts 300,000 Pentagon employees in its ranks, to recommendations from the congressionally mandated Section 809 Panel means lawmakers will have multiple arguments to chew on as they decide which of the panel’s many reform proposals to include in the annual defense policy bill.

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