Feedback helps OFPP amend A-76 Circular revision

Feedback helps OFPP amend A-76 Circular revision

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy is sorting through and evaluating more than 650 comments about its proposed changes to OMB Circular A-76. So far, OFPP officials say, about 12 issues have risen to prominence.

OFPP administrator Angela B. Styles said yesterday that based on the comments there would be some changes made to the revised circular, which governs the federal process for competing government jobs between the public and private sectors. She said her office is considering: changing how A-76 affects intra-agency service agreements, to whom the right of first refusal applies on a review, the role of the human resources adviser in reviews and the appropriateness of setting a 12-month time frame for the studies.

'We are putting together a matrix of the issues and assessing each one,' Styles said at the Interagency Services Network Conference in Washington. 'We are moving quickly and hope to get the final version out shortly.'

Her office also is reconsidering how the new circular applies to interagency service agreements, Styles said. The proposed changes said agreements for commercial services worth more than $1 million would be subject to competition.

Style said about 200 to 300 comments offered substantial input on the new circular.

In addition to finishing the A-76 guidelines, Styles said, her office also has other goals for the next two years, including setting enterprisewide software licenses for use governmentwide and getting discounts for buying commercial products with purchase cards.

(Updated Jan. 16, 2003, 9:02 a.m.)

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