Ban on A-76 Competitions for Outsourcing Extended in Omnibus Bill

December 22, 2011

The consolidated spending bill that President Obama is expected to sign Friday includes language extending a three-year-old ban on A-76 studies, or agency competitions for pending work that pits federal employees against contractors.

Congress early in the Obama administration reversed a 2003 George W. Bush administration effort to outsource more agency work to contractors, prohibiting competitions run under rules from Office of Management and Budget Circular A-76.

The final version of the fiscal 2012 Financial Services Appropriations bill passed this month by Congress includes language sought by Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., that continues a prohibition on A-76 studies "to level the playing field," she said in a statement. 

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