Congressman Matt Cartwright

Representing the 17th District of Pennsylvania
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Cartwright Amendment to Protect Tobyhanna Jobs Passes House with Bipartisan Support

Jul 28, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – A bipartisan amendment offered by Rep. Cartwright to protect federal civilian jobs, including jobs at the Tobyhanna Army Depot, passed the House of Representatives yesterday. This amendment prohibits the Department of Defense from using funds to conduct new A-76 studies.

The A-76 process reviews the possibility of outsourcing federal civilian jobs. These studies rely on a process that both the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Inspector General of the Department of Defense concluded could not demonstrate any savings. Subsequently, A-76 studies have been subject to a Congressional moratorium since 2010. Rep. Cartwright’s amendment would extend that moratorium.

“The A-76 process hasn’t been updated since FY 2010 and remains flawed and discriminatory to federal employees,” said Rep. Cartwright. “In addition, the GAO and the Inspector General of the Department of Defense concluded the process could not substantiate any savings for the taxpayer. I am happy my colleagues voted for an amendment to protect federal workers at Tobyhanna and across the country. The Tobyhanna Army Depot is the largest employer in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and the work done there is essential to keeping warfighters safe.”

This amendment was offered to a spending package including the Department of Defense, Military Construction-Department of Veterans Affairs, Energy and Water, and Legislative Branch appropriations bills. The amendment passed the House floor by a 253-172 vote.

Rep. Cartwright is a member of the House Committee on Appropriations and sits on the Subcommittees for Financial Services and Commerce, Justice, Science.