OMB sets deadline for competitive-sourcing reports

OMB sets deadline for competitive-sourcing reports

Agencies have until March 31 to complete their first annual competitive-sourcing reports, the Office of Management and Budget said yesterday.

A provision in the fiscal 2004 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, passed last month, requires agencies to submit a yearly summary of how they are competing their eligible federal jobs with private-sector bidders.

In a memo to agency heads, OMB deputy director for management Clay Johnson outlined the requirements for submission. OMB will combine the agency reports and send them to Congress all at once by the May 24 deadline. Subsequent reports are due Dec. 31 of each year.

Johnson said agencies must finish the reports by March 31 so OMB has time to review them. 'The guidelines are intended to ensure consistency in the development of reports,' he said.

    Agencies must report on nine areas:

  • Number of total competitions completed

  • Number of competitions announced

  • Number of federal-employee jobs studied under completed competitions

  • Number of federal-employee jobs studied under announced competitions

  • Estimate of total anticipated savings from planned competitions

  • Incremental costs of running the competitions, including contractor costs

  • Savings from completed competitions or anticipated savings, as well as quantifiable description of the improvements from competition

  • Number of federal-employee jobs to be studied in 2004

  • How the competitive-sourcing decision-making process is aligned with the agency's strategic workforce plan.

OMB will put all this information into a new competitive-sourcing database, which will provide more complete information to Congress, Johnson said.

The database will be 'a mechanism for agencies to leverage their collective knowledge and experiences using competitive sourcing as a management strategy to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the government's commercial operations,' Johnson said.

OMB did not say when it would implement the database.


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