Plan to move 450 federal jobs from P.G. delayed

Md. congressional delegation negotiates for delay; move will now happen Dec. 31, 2019

January 03, 2013|By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun

The plan to move 450 jobs from the Financial Management Services facility in Hyattsville to the Bureau of Public Debt in Parkersburg, W.Va., has been postponed for five years, members of the Maryland congressional delegation announced Thursday.

The move — proposed by the Obama administration to save $96 million over five years — was set to begin in February 2014, but the Maryland congressional delegation negotiated with the Treasury Department for the delay.

"We must have a more frugal government, but not one that hangs our people out to dry," Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski said in a statement. "Together with Team Maryland, I fought to keep these jobs in Prince George's County. These hardworking civil servants have training, expertise and institutional knowledge that can't be reproduced anywhere else. They deserve a government that is on their side, and I will continue to fight for them."

The positions are now expected to move Dec. 31, 2019. The consolidation plan was put forth by the Treasury and the General Services Administration.

The Treasury has pledged to assist workers in Hyattsville find new jobs or relocate, or take early retirement or a buyout.

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