OMB: Affected employees may represent colleagues in A-76 contest

OMB: Affected employees may represent colleagues in A-76 contest

The Office of Management and Budget recently clarified who may be named to represent affected employees in a competitive sourcing study.

OMB defines the term 'directly interested party' in its Circular A-76 as a single individual appointed by a majority of directly affected employees as their agent in an administrative contest, said David Safavian, administrator of OMB's Office of Federal Procurement Policy. The individual appointed as agent is to be one of the directly affected employees, he said in a recently published clarification.

The named agent may seek legal or other assistance in representing the affected employees. But the individual providing the assistance may not be a directly affected employee. For example, the named agent may seek legal help from the employees' union, Safavian said.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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