Congress Congress mulls changes to ‘inherently governmental’ activities

In what they say could become part of a larger effort to reform federal procurement practices in the coming year, lawmakers are considering reopening government/commercial competition for goods and services.

In a July 8 hearing, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Government Operations Subcommittee explored how processes delineated in the Office of Management and Budget’s Circular A-76 might be revised to lift a moratorium on public/private competition that began in 2009 under an omnibus appropriations act.

The circular requires agencies to prepare inventories of inherently governmental activities that should be performed by federal employees and those that the private sector could handle.

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