An OMB Circular A-76 refresher

An OMB Circular A-76 refresher

Revised in 1999, the Office of Management and Budget's Circular A-76 directs agencies to use commercial products and services whenever possible.

'The government shall not start or carry on any activity to provide a commercial product or service if the product or service can be procured more economically from a commercial source,' the circular notes.

It also provides guidance on determining whether a function is inherently governmental''so intimately related to the public interest as to mandate performance only by federal employees''and therefore should not be outsourced.

'Dawn S. Onley

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