A-76 open during renovation

While the Office of Management and Budget works to improve the A-76 process — in which agencies compete with industry to perform commercial-style functions — the Bush administration is urging agencies to move forward with the competitions, said Angela Styles, administrator of OMB's Office of Federal Procurement Policy.

The administration hopes to solve several of its top concerns through legislation introduced Oct. 15 as part of the president's Freedom to Manage initiative, said Styles, speaking at the Fall Procurement Conference hosted by the Coalition for Government Procurement.

GSA reviewing outsourcing

The General Services Administration has identified several functions it performs that do not appear to fall within its core mission, but will make no snap judgments on whether those functions will be outsourced, GSA Administrator Stephen Perry said last week.

Nothing has been singled out as a service that clearly should be privatized, but the agency has identified some items "that seem to [have] been consuming more resources than justified," particularly within the administration of the agency, Perry said, speaking at the Fall Procurement Conference.

DOD buys training systems

The Pentagon recently awarded an $8.8 million contract to SRI International for combat training instrumentation systems for the Army National Guard. SRI, an independent research institute, will put in place its Deployable Force-on-Force Instrumented Range System. The systems are designed to increase the combat readiness of Army National Guard armored units through tank battle simulations. SRI will use the contract to develop systems for National Guard units in Kentucky, Texas and Washington state.


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