DATE: April 17, 2001

SUBJECT: General Accounting Office; Commercial Activities Panel Named

SOURCE: Federal Register, April 17, 2001, Vol. 66, No. 74, page 19786

AGENCIES: General Accounting Office (GAO)

ACTION: Notice

SYNOPSIS: The GAO is announcing the composition of the Commercial Activities Panel, which is required by Section 832 of the Fiscal Year 2001 National Defense Authorization Act (Public Law 106-398) to study the transfer of commercial activities currently performed by government employees to federal contractors, a procedure commonly known as "contracting out" or "outsourcing."


EDITOR'S NOTE: "Contracting out" or "outsourcing" is governed by Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-76, Performance of Commercial Activities. OMB Circular A-76, its Revised Supplemental Handbook, and currently applicable Transmittal Memoranda are available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/circulars/index.html.

For more on the Commercial Activities Panel, see the March 23, 2001, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "General Accounting Office; Commercial Activities Panel."

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William T. Woods, Project Director, 202-512-8214; e-mail: woodsw@gao.gov.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Section 832 of the FY01 National Defense Authorization Act requires the Comptroller General of the United States (the head of the GAO) to convene a panel of experts to study the policies and procedures governing the transfer of commercial activities for the federal government from government personnel to a federal contractor. By May 1, 2002, the Comptroller General must submit to Congress a report of the panel on the results of the study, including recommended changes with regard to implementing policies and enactment of legislation.

Section 832 requires the Comptroller General or a designated GAO official to serve as the panel's chairman. The Comptroller General is required to appoint highly qualified and knowledgeable persons to the panel, and must make sure that the following entities are fairly represented on the panel: (1) DOD; (2) private industry; (3) federal labor organizations; and (4) OMB. GAO issued a Federal Register notice on December 1, 2000, inviting the public to submit suggestions on who should serve on the panel, the specific agencies and organizations that should be represented, and the qualifications of panel members. GAO received nominations of 44 individuals, including representatives from the private sector, federal labor organizations, industry groups, research organizations, interest groups, and contractors. The Comptroller General considered all of the comments and nominations and has appointed the following individuals to serve on the Commercial Activities Panel:

During the course of its work, the panel will hold several public hearings. Interested parties are encouraged to attend these hearings to provide their perspective on outsourcing issues. The schedules for these hearings will be announced in a later Federal Register notice.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Panoptic Enterprises at 703-451-5953 or by e-mail to Panoptic@FedGovContracts.com.

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