Inherently governmental rule sparks little consensus

More than 100 individuals and organizations have offered public comments on a proposed rule change that would help clarify the types of government functions that are suitable for outsourcing. GovExec reports that, on Tuesday, June 1, the comment period ended for a proposed policy memo by the Office of Federal Procurement Policy that would establish a single definition of inherently governmental functions, or those duties forbidden from outsourcing. The notice, which was posted in the Federal Register in late March, also instructs agencies to avoid an overreliance on contractors for functions that are “closely associated with inherently governmental” or are “critical” for their missions. Contractors can perform work that fits into these two categories if agencies are capable of providing increased oversight and management, the rule said.

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