Politico Washington – Federal employees are getting more than they paid for their jobs.
The Department of Energy announced Monday that it will become a government contractor, meaning it will be able to collect fees for a limited number of services and services for which it was previously the sole provider.
“This transition will make it easier for DOE employees to meet their obligations as a public servant, as well as provide better access to the services they need,” the department said in a statement.
For the past decade, DOE has been run by the federal government and its contract with contractors to provide various services.
However, in the past few years, the government has started contracting out more and more services, including a major project to expand and modernize the federal nuclear power plant at Yucca Mountain, Nevada.
The agency was supposed to be paid for these services, but the Trump administration has asked for more money from the federal taxpayers to continue paying for them.
During the presidential campaign, Trump promised to scrap the $5.5 billion contract for the Yucca site and instead let the state of Nevada run the plant.
Now that the contract has been awarded to the state, it’s expected that the state will receive some of the fees that were previously paid to the federal Government Accountability Office.
While DOE is not obligated to pay for these fees, the department said it will start to collect them on March 17.
Under the terms of the contract, individuals will be allowed to choose to pay the DOE for the services they require.
As of January 2019, there were approximately 8,000 workers who work in the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management, which manages more than 400 million acres of public land across the United States.
To keep their work safe, employees must have a security clearance, and they must be employed by the department or its contractors, who are not required to be licensed.
DOE is also seeking additional money from taxpayers to cover the cost of the new contracts.
One of the contracts to come under the contract is with a company called Graner Automotive.
Grano Automotive is a large manufacturer of trucks, buses and light commercial vehicles.
In addition to working with DOE on Yucca, Graner Automobile also manages and provides services to the federal agency for the National Science Foundation (NSF), which has been struggling financially for decades due to the decline of the computer industry.
With the contract awarded to Graner, the agency will be able to pay Graner to continue to provide services to the NSF, including the development and production of high-tech vehicles, as it has done since at least 2012.
Dissolving the contract for Graner would be the first step in an ongoing transition that will help the agency improve the safety and security of the federal workforce.
According to the DOE, Garden City, which is in New York, will be the new main contractor for Grenade Automotive, which will be working with the DOE and other agencies.
After the transition, employees will continue to be able to choose to work with the federal agency for their services.