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Forest Service Eyes Outsourcing Two-Thirds Of Workforce

by John Walden |

Posted to By: Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) on Feb 27, 2006

Thousands of Ranger, Biologist, Smoke-Jumper Jobs Out to Bid

The U.S. Forest Service is studying how to contract out more than two-thirds of its total workforce by 2009, according to agency planning documents released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Coming on the heels of Bush administration plans to sell off 300,000 acres of Forest Service land, the agency is also looking to potentially privatize large portions of its environmental, law enforcement, fire-fighting and research operations.

Under the agency plans, 21,350 full-time jobs will soon be under review for possible replacement by private sector firms. The Forest Service has a total of 31,625 full-time jobs, according to Office of Personnel Management figures for FY 2003