OMB updates criteria to get a green rating

After scrapping its mandatory competitive sourcing goals, the Office of Management and Budget updated the criteria for agencies to reach yellow and green ratings on the President's Management Agenda scorecard for outsourcing.

Angela Styles, administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, said the new criteria reflect the decision to give up on the mandatory goals.

The previous criteria for the ratings included the requirement for agencies to open at least 15 percent of all positions deemed nongovernmental to competition with the private sector by October and 50 percent by October 2006.

Now, the administration has set four steps to get to yellow and seven to get to green.
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'These refinements have been informed by discussions with and recommendations from the Congress,' OMB said in a report detailing the new measures.

Styles added: 'Agencies will have their own specific goals and choose what they compete. Some agencies may not like the fact we are changing the way we will score them, but we are trying to address Congress' concerns. We still expect them to compete everything open to competition.'

Assess readiness

OMB is working to make sure agencies have the necessary skills to handle competitive sourcing, Styles said. The Federal Acquisition Council's Competitive Sourcing Subcommittee will assess all agencies' readiness to compete with the private sector, she said.

OMB also asked has agencies to specify the money needed for competitive sourcing studies as a line item in their fiscal 2005 budget requests, which are due Sept. 8.

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