The US government appeared to avoid common sense and even concern for citizen safety in recent contract grants.
CNS News reported this week that U.S. Customs and Border Protection has awarded VF Imagewear, Inc. a contract to manufacture its “uniform and insignia items.”
The company uses a manufacturing plant in Mexico to make most occupational garments. The same company was recently given $50 million uniform contract with the Transportation Security Administration.
Putting aside all the US jobs that are being out-sourced, the report addresses the safety issues that figure in to this controversial lack of judgement:
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) has said manufacturing government uniforms in Mexico poses a threat to national security.
“There are also national security concerns,” Speier said in a press release in 2011, regarding a prior contract between the TSA and VF Imagewear. “Uniforms have a greater potential of being stolen in Mexico where it is more difficult to provide oversight of factories and cargo.”
The company does have concerns with its manufacturing sites abroad, according to its annual report, including “political or military conflict” and “heightened terrorism security concerns,” which “could subject imported or exported goods to additional, more frequent or more lengthy inspections, leading to delays in deliveries or the impoundment of goods for extended periods.”
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