EPA keeps IT support in-house after A-76 competition

The Environmental Protection Agency will keep certain IT support functions at some of its regional offices in-house, concluding that it would not be cost-effective to outsource those functions.

EPA in October launched a handful of streamlined competitions under Office of Management and Budget Circular A-76 for various IT services at its offices in Atlanta, San Francisco and Kansas City, Kan.

The streamlined competition portion of A-76 lets agencies compete 65 or fewer employee positions for inherently commercial tasks by either soliciting proposals from contractors or conducting market research from multiple-award schedule contracts.

Under the rules, an agency must compare at least three vendors' prices for the functions, and then make a determination in 90 days of who should do the job.

After completing its analyses, EPA earlier this week said it will retain the IT functions.

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