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AFGE thanks NC lawmakers for opposing illegal outsourcing at Camp Lejeune

By WCTI Staff
Published On: Nov 19 2013 10:49:14 PM CST
WASHINGTON, D.C. -

The American Federation of Government Employees thanked a trio of North Carolina lawmakers for asking Navy Secretary Ray Mabus to investigate whether Camp Lejeune violated the law by converting work performed by civilian employees to contractors and military personnel.

AFGE Local 2065 has asserted that Camp Lejeune has violated federal laws and Department of Defense guidance by converting work performed by civilian employees without first conducting a formal cost comparison. Camp Lejeune management has acknowledged that at least some direct conversions have occurred but claims that they were permissible.

Reps. Walter Jones, Mike McIntyre and G.K. Butterfield sent a letter to Mabus on Nov. 18, asking for his office to determine if impermissible conversions have occurred. If so, the lawmakers called on Mabus to reverse those conversions expeditiously and educate management at Camp Lejeune about the relevant law and guidance.

"Local union officials at Camp Lejeune have identified numerous instances in which civilian jobs have been converted to contractors and military personnel in direct violation of federal laws and DoD's own guidance," AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. said. "I am gratified that these members of Congress take this issue very seriously and have called for the Navy to conduct a thorough investigation."