September 19, 2019
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) spoke with McAlester community leaders, including the McAlester Defense Support Association (MDSA), today during their annual visit to Washington. Inhofe discussed national defense, America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act and his announcement that he will be introducing legislation to promote workforce development.
“The McAlester community is always a pleasure to visit with,” Inhofe said. “I am extremely glad their group made it back to Washington once again this year for the McAlester Stampede—one of my favorite events of the year. We discussed all things infrastructure and defense, especially how the effects of our joint efforts with the Trump Administration are being seen in the community.
“Many of our bases rely on civilians who work alongside military partners, especially McAlester. Red tape makes it hard to hire civilians – the process takes too long, so we lose qualified workers. Last year, I authored language that extends civilian hiring authority for depots, shipyards, plants and arsenals to help maintain and grow the workforce at Tinker Air Force Base and the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant, but implementation of the provision has been inconsistent, resulting in continued delays. I am proud to say we are correcting that in the FY20 NDAA by clarifying that direct hire authority can come from Secretaries of Military Departments, Directors of Defense Field Activities and Directors of Defense Agencies.”