Labor starts A-76 competition for over 300 management, technical support jobs

The Labor Department has launched an analysis to determine if it would be more cost-effective to turn over to the private sector 330 jobs that support assorted administrative and technical support services.

In a recent notice, Labor said it is performing a study under Office of Management and Budget Circular A-76 to see if various administrative, engineering, facility and technical support services should be retained or outsourced.

Under A-76, agencies compete inherently commercial federal positions with the private sector.

Labor said its notice is not a formal solicitation or a commitment that it will procure any of these services; instead, 'the study will determine whether these services should be performed under a contract with commercial services or through the federal workforce.'

It anticipates completing its analysis for the approximately 335 jobs by March 29, 2007.

The functions subject to the analysis are currently performed by employees within Labor's Employment Benefits Security Administration, Employment Standards Administration, Employment and Training Administration, Bureau of International Labor Affairs, the Mine Safety and Health Administration, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management, the Office of Small Business Programs, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, the Veterans' Employment and Training Service, and the Woman's Bureau.

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