Em­ploy­ment up at naval base

Maryland Independent - - News - By CHAR­LIE WRIGHT cwright@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @Char­lieIndyNews

To­tal fed­eral em­ploy­ment at Naval Sup­port Fa­cil­ity (NSF) In­dian Head grew slightly dur­ing 2016, ac­cord­ing to the yearly de­mo­graphic and eco­nomic re­port re­leased by Naval Sup­port Ac­tiv­ity South Po­tomac on Wed­nes­day.

The an­nual study de­tails the ef­fects of the naval bases in Dahlgren, Va., and In­dian Head on sur­round­ing ar­eas. In fis­cal year 2016, fed­eral em­ploy­ment ex­pe­ri­enced a slight bump from 2,683 to 2,692 em­ploy­ees at NSF In­dian Head.

“The re­port is ev­i­dence that the base is con­tin­u­ally grow­ing,” said In­dian Head Mayor Bran­don Paulin. “It’s a huge as­set for the town and for Charles County.”

An in­crease of just nine peo­ple may seem like an in­signif­i­cant change, but this num­ber is note­wor­thy given that the Joint In­ter­op­er­abil­ity Test Com­mand left the base this past year. Ad­di­tional hir­ing at the Naval Sur­face War­fare Cen­ter In­dian head Ex­plo­sive

Ord­nance Tech­nol­ogy Di­vi­sion (NSWC IHEODTD) helped coun­ter­act the loss of one of NSF In­dian Head’s ma­jor com­mands. The re­port did men­tion that to­tal fed­eral em­ploy­ment statis­tics are fluid and of­fer only a glimpse of the naval base de­mo­graph­ics.

“Since em­ploy­ees leave com­mands and are hired through­out the year, the job num­bers are merely a snap­shot of em­ploy­ment

at each com­mand and base,” notes the re­port.

To­tal bud­get au­tho­riza­tions rose from $841 mil­lion to $903 mil­lion in fis­cal year 2016 at NSF In­dian Head. Lo­cal con­tract spend­ing, which en­com­passes con­tract money spent in In­dian Head as well as Charles, Prince Ge­orge’s and St. Mary’s coun­ties, to­taled nearly $40 mil­lion. The re­port an­a­lyzed spend­ing and bud­get au­tho­riza­tions to ac­count for the eco­nomic in­flu­ence of non-pay­roll money. Once again, this data of­fers more of an es­ti­ma­tion than pre­cise fig­ures.

“The pur­pose of this study is not nec­es­sar­ily to ac­count for ev­ery dol­lar and job as­so­ci­ated with NSF Dahlgren and NSF In­dian Head; the di­verse com­mands and agen­cies at each base, some of which are aligned un­der non-Navy ser­vice branches, mean ab­so­lute pre­ci­sion is be­yond the study’s scope,” ex­plained the re­port. “Given those chal­lenges, the study was care­ful not to ex­ag­ger­ate any eco­nomic im­pacts and its con­ser­va­tive ap­proach al­most cer­tainly un­der­states the im­pact of the bases’ dol­lars and jobs in the lo­cal re­gion.”

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