DOD is planning is submit a formal proposal to Congress over the next year to revise the A-76 process for conducting competitions between agency civilians and the private sector to determine which is more cost effective. Alternatively the department may propose carrying out a limited pilot program as way to resurrect civilian-versus-contractor competitions for activities it has determined are not inherently governmental in nature. Congress has imposed a moratorium on A-76 competitions each year for more than a decade.
The existing A-76 process, named for the Office of Management and Budget circular which defines how the competitions are performed, is “burdensome and ineffective” in many cases, Thomas Hessel, DOD’s deputy director for total force manpower and resources, told Federal News Radio. “What the department is really interested in is having a revised flexibility that allows us to do a workload analysis and a business case analysis and make the best choices with respect to how we meet our missions, without necessarily having to undergo a very time-consuming and costly four-year process of competing workload, which is a process that oftentimes doesn’t result in the savings that one would have anticipated,” Hessel said.
DOD photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Ken Hammond