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DATE: May 23, 2001

SUBJECT: General Accounting Office; Commercial Activities Panel Meeting Announced

SOURCE: Federal Register, May 23, 2001, Vol. 66, No. 100, page 28494

AGENCIES: General Accounting Office (GAO)

ACTION: Notice

SYNOPSIS: The GAO Commercial Activities Panel will hold a meeting on June 11, 2001, in Washington, DC, to hear views on the principles and policies that should govern decisions concerning whether commercial activities currently performed by government employees should be transferred 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", and the April 17, 2001, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "General Accounting Office; Commercial Activities Panel Named."

DATES: The Commercial Activities Panel meeting will be held on June 11, 2001, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Those who wish to attend or participate in the hearing should notify the Panel and submit written summaries of their statements by 5:30 p.m. on June 4, 2001. Each presenter of an oral statement will have 3 to 5 minutes to make an oral statement at the hearing. Written statements may be submitted by 5:30 p.m. on June 15, 2001, and will be included in the hearing record.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the Walsh-Reckord Hall of States at One Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, DC. Requests to attend or participate in the hearing, written summaries of oral statements, and any other relevant materials should be sent by e-mail to A76panel@gao.gov or to the General Accounting Office, Office of the General Counsel, Room 7476, 441 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20548.

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

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Section 832 of the Fiscal Year 2001 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.

On April 17, 2001, the GAO announced the names of the 12 panelists from the government, private industry, federal labor organizations, and OMB. The GAO also announced that the panel would hold several meetings and would invite the public to participate.

The first meeting will be held June 11 in Washington, DC, and will be dedicated to "hearing views on the principles and policies that should govern decisions concerning whether particular functions should be performed by the public sector or the private sector."

Two other meetings will be held outside Washington, DC. One meeting will be held in Indianapolis, IN, on August 8, 2001, and will focus on alternatives to the public/private competitions conducted under the procedures in OMB Circular A-76. The other meeting will be held in San Antonio, TX, on August 15, 2001, and will address current processes under OMB Circular A-76 and the Federal Activities Inventory Reform (FAIR) Act. Further information, including the exact locations and times of 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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