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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 663-95
December 18, 1995

NEWARK AFB PRIVATIZATION CONTRACTS ANNOUNCED

The Air Force announced today that the depot-level maintenance and repairactivities currently conducted at Newark AFB, Ohio, will be accomplished byprivate industry. Rockwell International is being awarded a cost reimbursablecontract estimated at $264 million to perform this work. The contract covers atransition period plus four one-year options (#F42630-95-D0686).

Selected metrology and calibration activities performed at Newark will also becontracted out. This contract was awarded to Wyle Laboratories on a costreimbursable contract which is estimated at $19 million. This contract alsocovers a transition period plus four one-year options (#F42630-95-D0684).

The contractors will extend the right of first refusal to federal employeesaffected by these awards for their employment openings. The base will alsooperate a number of programs to provide additional assistance to the employeesof Newark AFB. An Employee Assistance Office, for example, will provide jobsearch assistance. The EAO helps employees in such areas as resume preparationand interview skills, along with advertising hundreds of public and privatesector job announcements.

A Job Training Partnership Act grant of $2.75 million has helped trainhundreds of Newark AFB employees in new or upgraded skills. Also theDepartment of Defense Priority Placement Program has successfully placed closeto 200 people.

As is the case with all bases affected by BRAC decisions, the Air Force iscommitted to helping its employees transition to other federal employment or toopportunities in the private sector.

The privatization of Newark indicates privatization can work. Thisopportunity ensures the vital work done at Newark continues to be accomplishedin a cost effective manner with minimal disruption to the mission and that weretain a highly skilled workforce for our national security efforts.