OMB to Define “Inherently Governmental”

gov2OMB’s Office of Federal Procurement Policy is going to release a draft definition of “inherently governmental” today, according to the Washington Post. This announcement will be published in the Federal Register and open to public comment.

The draft will help answer the question which jobs should be handled by contractors and which should be handled by federal employees. It will be finalized sometime in Fall 2011 after gathering feedback from all parties involved: agencies, federal employees, and contractors.

Washington Post reports, Jeffrey Zients, the deputy director of OMB said, “This is not about bigger government; it’s about a better government. There are situations where the mix of federal workers and contractors is out of balance. This effort is about identifying those areas, correcting them and striking a right balance.”

OMB will release the new draft definition later today and it will be open for public comments shortly thereafter.

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