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Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2014 12:00 am

Texas A&M's massive outsourcing efforts will likely save them more money than previously estimated.

A one-year assessment of the outsourcing at Texas A&M, which was conducted by system administrators, found that the flagship university will likely save $10 million more than originally projected. The same report found that the privatized employees were more successful at their jobs than when A&M ran the operations.

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  • My Observation posted at 9:26 pm on Thu, Mar 20, 2014.

    My Observation Posts: 399

    Ahh, kinda like the Rev. Wright and Obama with their black supremacy and blatent racism along with Holders failure to prosecute Black Panthers...but thats OK with you, right?

  • FromAfar posted at 9:59 am on Sat, Jan 25, 2014.

    FromAfar Posts: 439

    Using "boy" to refer to an adult African American male is a classic white supremacy tactic. Your comment, unwise one, should be removed by The Eagle.

  • BleedPurple1899 posted at 9:20 am on Wed, Jan 22, 2014.

    BleedPurple1899 Posts: 2

    It sure would be nice if Mr. Reed would report on the supposed savings of all A&M System Member universities that have had to outsource its employees to SSC. At the Tarleton State campus here in Stephenville (the first to follow A&M's lead in this initiative) it is very apparent how outsourcing has affected operations and quality of work from the maintenance crew. There's a toilet that has not been repaired for FOUR months in my building and our campus grounds look awful now. SSC got rid of all the student workers, only fills half of the planter / flower beds across campus (usually with half-dead plants that die in less than a week) and mowing has been reduced to very few days per month. Tarleton used to be the most beautiful campus in the TAMUS, now it looks awful. We saw this coming... Less Quality, More Profits for SSC.

  • boarddefender posted at 9:18 am on Wed, Jan 22, 2014.

    boarddefender Posts: 48

    Yep, and your boy Obama is the ultimate wager of class war. Thanks Barry!

  • lawman6 posted at 7:02 am on Wed, Jan 22, 2014.

    lawman6 Posts: 89

    I believe everyone with Compass could take vacation on the 20th.

  • master of disaster posted at 6:35 am on Tue, Jan 21, 2014.

    master of disaster Posts: 508

    I think after all the pride swallowed to write this article, Reed is going to need a raise.

    Bring back Vimal!

  • master of disaster posted at 6:32 am on Tue, Jan 21, 2014.

    master of disaster Posts: 508

    This comedy can be distilled from your posting history.

  • master of disaster posted at 6:31 am on Tue, Jan 21, 2014.

    master of disaster Posts: 508

    State your evidence that this is like any other state school, Sabio. Otherwise you're spitting in the wind, per usual.

  • acey1 posted at 9:59 am on Mon, Jan 20, 2014.

    acey1 Posts: 94

    oh yeah its always good to fire workers and bring in some cheaper labor. I swear the Eagle will print any press release from TAMU like its fact .

  • Lisako McKyer posted at 7:48 am on Mon, Jan 20, 2014.

    Lisako McKyer Posts: 53

    Interesting: I arrived on campus - short trip to my office this morning on MLK Day - to find it empty . . . except I see the custodial staff polishing floors. I am told they're not off today.

    Ironic given that a large proportion of the custodial workers are Black/African American, but they can't participate in today's community activities to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    From CNN Article:
    Quote "King said class divisions within the United States 'can be as vicious and evil as a system based on racial injustice.' King also talked about the dignity of all work, saying that even menial workers should make enough 'so they can live and educate their children and buy a home and have the basic necessities of life.' " End Quote.

    Seems class divisions - regardless of race/ethnicity are only getting wider, and it hurts us all.

  • boarddefender posted at 12:16 am on Sun, Jan 19, 2014.

    boarddefender Posts: 48

    The hate everything about Texas A&M crowd has arrived below, yawn.

  • boarddefender posted at 12:14 am on Sun, Jan 19, 2014.

    boarddefender Posts: 48

    Hmm, like any other state run school...your point?

  • boarddefender posted at 12:13 am on Sun, Jan 19, 2014.

    boarddefender Posts: 48

    How long did it take you (on state time I'm sure) to post that comedy?

  • This is a Joke posted at 11:07 am on Fri, Jan 17, 2014.

    This is a Joke Posts: 11

    He wants it all sold to the highest bidder. Let us bid out his job.

  • This is a Joke posted at 11:06 am on Fri, Jan 17, 2014.

    This is a Joke Posts: 11

    No split his time....Sharp has them in his pocket...They will not let the truth be published for everyone to see.

  • This is a Joke posted at 10:15 am on Fri, Jan 17, 2014.

    This is a Joke Posts: 11

    Outsource = Lost Jobs
    Sharp (not his mouth pieces Billy or Phillip ) does not have the guts to come out and speak UNDER OATH about how much money the system has made. He and his entire office should be investigated-that will never happen.

  • This is a Joke posted at 9:48 am on Fri, Jan 17, 2014.

    This is a Joke Posts: 11

    Maybe we should outsource Sharp, Hamilton and all of the others who have worked so hard on destroying TAMU. Perry should FIRE him...Oh wait that would never happen because we're going to be stuck with him before much longer.

  • This is a Joke posted at 9:45 am on Fri, Jan 17, 2014.

    This is a Joke Posts: 11

    Heaven help the State if that man winds up becoming the Governor. He will take from each and everyone for every penny he can get....and take more..... Has anyone ever looked how he looks down his nose at anyone he talks to...Sharp is a joke-He'd last maybe 10 minutes in the real business world....He and his crew are a bunch of crooks who want to destroy a great university and turn it into a place like TU.

  • This is a Joke posted at 9:36 am on Fri, Jan 17, 2014.

    This is a Joke Posts: 11

    How about weeks to fix broken toilets-Unless they are at his place....

  • This is a Joke posted at 9:33 am on Fri, Jan 17, 2014.

    This is a Joke Posts: 11

    Here we go again...More BS about how much this has made the System-What a LIE!!! Sharp and his crew all should be put on a bus out of town. I wonder how much money he now has is his pockets from SSC....that should be investigated...Oh wait they would find nothing wrong since the auditors work for him. You ask anyone (other than the folks who work for him) to be truthful about the'll get told there are none. Look at how much he has spent around his HQ and the house he lives in, If you question the contracts in place you will get a phone call from someone in his office. No one under his control has the guts to step up and say anything truthful about how much this is actually costing the system-They would be fired if they spoke out. Again this is JUST A JOKE and EVERYONE KNOWS INCLUDING THE KING'S BEST FRIEND BILLY THIS !!!! Maybe media from out of town who are not afraid of the king should come to town and investigate. Wayne D where are you ?

  • Kade posted at 7:51 am on Fri, Jan 17, 2014.

    Kade Posts: 54

    The fall after the outsourcing, I spoke with some area maintenance folks who were repairing some equipment in one of our buildings. He said our area had 34 people before the outsourcing. When that happened, everyone who could retire did, and others that were more experienced left for jobs elsewhere, leaving only 12 people. Some areas didn't even have an a/c person anymore. So we lost our most capable, experienced folks, enabling them to be replaced by less qualified people who just so coincidentally are not grandfathered in with the same benefits. It's to Compass' benefit to get rid of all the people before outsourcing so new hires won't get the same insurance, holidays, sick leave, pay leave, etc. THAT'S how Compass is going to make it's profit.

  • Paradise posted at 7:26 pm on Thu, Jan 16, 2014.

    Paradise Posts: 13

    If Sharp really wants to verify the savings, he should hire an independent certified accounting firm to review the costs/expenses and let them give their unbiased opinion. My guess is there are NO additional savings and the original savings is significantly lower than told by his subordinates.

  • roteel_2000 posted at 4:59 pm on Thu, Jan 16, 2014.

    roteel_2000 Posts: 3

    Does anyone truly believe this ridiculous article. It has mad me angry all day. Of course outsourcing has exceeded its expectations. A&M, supposedly top notch U, uses prehistoric, nearly slave labor. Retirements, paid holidays, and any other perk that is given by reputable companies is denied the folks who do keep that place running. Oh, maybe I am wrong---Sharp is taking out his own trash and cleaning his bathroom???

  • TexasEagle2 posted at 4:15 pm on Thu, Jan 16, 2014.

    TexasEagle2 Posts: 554

    Let's see if I got your post right...
    a) Naysayers are mainly faculty trolls, no one else bothers to read or post
    b) Naysayers are like the Wendy Davis crowd, i.e., they agree with each other, unlike the Rick Perry crowd, who never agree with each other
    c) Naysers, who are mostly faculty trolls, and like the Wendy Davis crowd should loose their tenure, which would be a bold move by anyone who doesn't like naysayers or Wendy Davis.

    Things you forgot to mention:
    a) JF is leaving A&M due to faculty naysayers and Wendy Davis
    b) Bowtie got a better job after he was fired by the Chan and the BOR
    c) A&M will win more or the same number of games in the first year without JF as it won in JF's last year...
    Does that about cover it? [wink]

  • boarddefender posted at 3:19 pm on Thu, Jan 16, 2014.

    boarddefender Posts: 48

    All of the naysayers were proven wrong and the outsource effort has been a huge success. Kudos to Sharp for his foresight and innovation. I realize that I am commenting in enemy territory with disgruntled faculty trolling these boards but it's braver to debate here than in an area where everyone agrees with you, like the Wendy Davis crowd. Perhaps tenure can be taken away next? That would be a bold move.

  • the real slim shady posted at 12:29 pm on Thu, Jan 16, 2014.

    the real slim shady Posts: 384

    The provost and president's offices are receiving great service, greatly improved from the past. So what's the problem?

  • JasonCM posted at 11:53 am on Thu, Jan 16, 2014.

    JasonCM Posts: 3


    We get in trouble by administration to do any work not in our job description. This includes changing light bulbs (or ballasts) in bad light fixtures. Consequently, we have been waiting 8 months (Dead Serious) for a light to be fixed in our restroom. Great Service SCS!

  • JasonCM posted at 11:51 am on Thu, Jan 16, 2014.

    JasonCM Posts: 3

    This is a great point and doesn't get much attention.

    As a university employee, I am required to take training that includes the use of state-owned resources. As you can guess, state-owned resources can not be used for personal or private use. (Easy example - I cannot print 100 copies of a flier about a lost dog on a state-owned printer or with state-purchased paper.) I can also not allow a non-state employee to drive around in a state-owned vehicle.

    But it is okie dokey for SCS employees to drive around in a state owned vehicle with tax-exempt plates and both TAMU and SCS stickers on it.

  • MixedIn posted at 10:39 am on Thu, Jan 16, 2014.

    MixedIn Posts: 13

    I have been reading George Orwells "1984". I am not the type of person to fall into conspiracy theories, but this just goes to show anyone at the top can say something has improved by using fictional statistics in order to back it up all in the name of "improving accuracy". However, we still remember the layoffs given in order for TAMU to "operate efficiently" .

  • AT posted at 10:09 am on Thu, Jan 16, 2014.

    AT Posts: 10

    What a smoke screen. The only reason the 4630 request got completed is because they closed them and then waited for the customers to complain and asked that they resubmit them again. Moral with the maintenance workers is very low and most are newly hired employees that have no knowledge of doing maintenance opn the campus.

  • agnerd posted at 8:45 am on Thu, Jan 16, 2014.

    agnerd Posts: 597

    If privatization is so profitable, then why are on-campus students being required to buy a meal plan? And Compass should not get credit for the profit from selling off A&M property. Liquidation of assets is NOT profit.

  • metoo posted at 8:34 am on Thu, Jan 16, 2014.

    metoo Posts: 12

    I totally agree with RoyceRacer. I have seen services go down. From maintenance to custodial. It does take longer to get things done. Sad day at TAMU.

  • BCS posted at 8:28 am on Thu, Jan 16, 2014.

    BCS Posts: 11

    Does anyone believe a single word coming out of Sharp's office?

  • RoyceRacer posted at 8:17 am on Thu, Jan 16, 2014.

    RoyceRacer Posts: 22

    Some employees were terminated with out due process two months after the outsourcing began. So much for a two-year contract.

  • RoyceRacer posted at 8:16 am on Thu, Jan 16, 2014.

    RoyceRacer Posts: 22

    The article states that "829 employees from A&M, and that 829 of those positions were still around, plus the 70 that were added" ... lies.

    I can tell you there were nearly 1500 employees before all this began. 1/2 of them quit or were asked to resign before August.

  • Kade posted at 7:45 am on Thu, Jan 16, 2014.

    Kade Posts: 54

    AS someone who's been working on campus for the past year and a half following the outsourcing, I can say services in the affected departments has declined, especially in maintenance. It takes a LOT longer now to get anything repaired. What the report is not mentioning is that for the first two years employees can't be reassigned to laid off, only fired for cause (and let me tell you, they follow the custodial staff around to the point of harassment trying to find some pretext to fire anyone and decrease the payroll). Once the 2 year point of the contract is reached, which I think is next August, I expect to see a lot of people laid off so that Compass can increase its profitability.

  • peon staff posted at 7:24 am on Thu, Jan 16, 2014.

    peon staff Posts: 7

    What do you expect them to report? Looks like they are lining up the justification to sell HR, Transportation, and other staff functions after March. The faculty should be giddy with anticipation of more money to spend wastefully when they actually decide to come to work. Also, Sharp will have something to crow about when he runs for Governor.

  • disappointed posted at 7:20 am on Thu, Jan 16, 2014.

    disappointed Posts: 1


    It's the job of media to hold up the claims of authority figures to fair-minded but aggressive scrutiny. What you have done here is allow a longtime friend of Sharp, Billy Hamilton, to spew a bunch of out-of-context numbers hailing a proposal that Sharp championed. Further, you lose more credibility when you present the official version put forward by two experienced state politicians, Sharp and Hamilton, without even bothering to talk to those in the trenches actually charged with implementing this venture. Lastly, you lose all credibility as a newsman when you say you "obtained" the memo. Give us a break. It was sent from Hamilton to Sharp. The universe of possibilities about who provided you this self-serving drivel is a tiny one. Be up front about it.

  • SDW posted at 7:07 am on Thu, Jan 16, 2014.

    SDW Posts: 250

    "The same report found that the privatized employees were more successful at their jobs than when A&M ran the operations."

    That would be a true statement. When someone is held accountable for their actions or lack of, they become more efficient. Also when someone knows there are consequences for NOT doing your job, that too changes their attitude towards work. This should have been done 30 years ago.

  • Sabio posted at 7:02 am on Thu, Jan 16, 2014.

    Sabio Posts: 1448

    So, every job was saved, and there were 70 NEW jobs created? And A&M saved $10 MILLION MORE than anticipated? And the work product IMPROVED? What's NOT mentioned in the story is that the saved money has been used to expand faculty!

    Gotta unqualified success.

  • JAFO posted at 6:32 am on Thu, Jan 16, 2014.

    JAFO Posts: 8

    One way compass saves money is driving state owned property with "Exempt" tags and using state funds to fuel these vehicles. It's obvious A&M still owns these vehicles since the "Exempt" tags are still being used, I thought compass purchased all of the assets of the departments they took over?

  • Tenaja posted at 4:01 am on Thu, Jan 16, 2014.

    Tenaja Posts: 25

    I am curious. Does the Eagle split Allen Reed's salary with the Texas A&M System 50-50 or does the System pay him outright and the Eagle just lets him occupy a desk?



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