OMB releases competitive-sourcing report guidance

Agencies have until Nov. 10 to detail the public-private competitions they held in fiscal 2005 and the potential savings they hope to achieve under the administration's competitive sourcing initiative.

Each department must submit its report to the Office of Management and Budget, which then will develop a consolidated governmentwide report for Congress. OMB will send the individual agency reports and the consolidated analysis to Capitol Hill by Dec. 31.

In a memo to agency executives, OMB deputy dDirector for management Clay Johnson outlined the requirements for the 2005 reports, including four new ones.

Similar to last year's reporting requirements, agencies must report data for competitions under OMB Circular A-76 that were completed in 2005 as well as those announced but not completed last year. OMB also is requesting information on competitions completed in 2003 and 2004.

The new requirements for this year's report include tracking the cost of the winning bid for each performance period throughout the duration of the contract or letter of obligation.

Agencies also must describe how they are addressing human capital challenges, such as 'skill imbalances, competency gaps and organizational redundancies.'

'Where possible, provide examples that tie to the planning of competitions that have been reported as announced in 2005 or to the planning, execution, and implementation of competitions completed in 2005,' the guidance said.

Finally, OMB is asking agencies to provide a narrative 'describing a successful competition and the practices used to achieve results.' OMB wants agencies to describe corrective steps take to address any shortcomings in their competitions.

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