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Competitive Sourcing: Challenges in Expanding A-76 Governmentwide

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[Technical Report, Congressional Testimony]

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United States General Accounting Office

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Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee I am pleased to be here today to participate in the committees hearing on competition and accountability in the federal and service contract workforce with a particular focus on the use of Office of Management and Budget OMB Circular A-76. That circular established federal policy for the performance of recurring commercial activities. Issued in 1966, OMB supplemented it in 1979 with a handbook of procedures for conducting cost comparison studies to determine whether commercial activities should be performed by the government or by the private sector. OMB updated the handbook in 1983, 1996, and 1999. Cost comparisons completed under Circular A-76 are variously referred to as public-private competitions, outsourcing, or competitive sourcing.

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  • Administration and Management
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Economics and Cost Analysis

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[A, Approved For Public Release]