TVA moves to outsource IT jobs, tells Chattanooga center workers to expect layoff notices by June

Staff Photo by Robin Rudd / The Tennessee Valley Authority logo adorns their offices in downtown Chattanooga on May 7, 2019.

The Tennessee Valley Authority told IT workers at its Chattanooga computer center Tuesday that they should receive layoff notices by June as TVA moves to outsource some of its computer and software development jobs to outside contractors.

Despite opposition from one of TVA's biggest employee unions and some members of Congress, TVA told more than 100 IT workers their work is being turned over to three software development contractors - CapGemini, which is based in France and has half its staff in India; the Canadian-based CGI, and Accenture Federal Services, which is headquartered in Virginia and is a subsidiary of the Irish-based Accenture plc.

TVA spokesman Jim Hopson said the move follows nearly a year of study on ways to be more cost efficient and meet stricter demands for Cyber security.