Administration puts its stamp on ‘inherently governmental’

After years of ambiguity over which jobs are inappropriate for outsourcing, the Obama administration has settled on a single governmentwide definition for inherently governmental functions.

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy issued a proposed policy memo to agencies on Wednesday instructing them to use the definition of “inherently governmental” in the 1998 Federal Activities Inventory Reform Act. The FAIR Act classifies an activity as inherently governmental when it is so intimately related to the public interest that it must be performed by federal employees. The OFPP memo directs agencies to disregard changes to the definition when it was revised in 2003 under OMB Circular A-76.

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