75,000 jobs could be outsourced, OMB says

75,000 jobs could be outsourced, OMB says

The Office of Management and Budget yesterday released a list of more than 75,000 federal jobs that are not inherently governmental and could be subject to competition under OMB Circular A-76. The list, which came 17 days after fiscal 2002 ended, detailed 242,843 positions at 22 agencies, of which 75,404'31 percent'are commercial in nature.

The Federal Activities Inventory Reform Act of 1998 requires agencies to list all jobs that could be performed by the private sector. The administration publicized this first set of 2002 agency inventories in the Federal Register. Most lists were from smaller entities such as the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Office of Navaho and Hopi Relocation. OMB included three cabinet-level departments'Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development and the Treasury'plus NASA.

Last year, OMB released four sets of inventories of about 800,000 not inherently governmental positions. Of those, the administration hopes to compete 127,500 jobs by the end of fiscal 2003.

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