GAO finalizes A-76 protest rule without changes

The Government Accountability Office earlier this month chose not to deviate from congressional intent in deciding who can file a protest on behalf of federal employees in public-private competitions under Office of Management and Budget Circular A-76.

The final rule was unchanged from the proposed one released in December.

The final rule allows the official in charge of the agency's bid to file a protest before GAO if the A-76 competition was for more than 65 positions. But if the official in charge decides not to file a complaint, no other employee representative can do so.

Feds do not have standing before GAO for competitions of 65 or fewer full-time positions.

To read the GAO rule, go to and enter 412 in the

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