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DATE: July 11, 2001

SUBJECT: General Accounting Office; Commercial Activities Panel Hearings Announced

SOURCE: Federal Register, July 11, 2001, Vol. 66, No. 133, page 36284

AGENCIES: General Accounting Office (GAO)

ACTION: Notice

SYNOPSIS: The GAO Commercial Activities Panel will hold two hearings during August to address current "outsourcing" processes, such as Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-76, public-private competitions, and the Federal Activities Inventory Reform (FAIR) Act, and alternatives to the current outsourcing processes.

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", the April 17, 2001, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "General Accounting Office; Commercial Activities Panel Named," and the May 23, 2001, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "General Accounting Office; Commercial Activities Panel Meeting Announced."

DATES: The Commercial Activities Panel hearings will be held on August 8, 2001, in Indianapolis, IN, beginning at 8:30 a.m., and August 15, 2001, in San Antonio, TX beginning at 8:30 a.m.

ADDRESSES: The August 8 hearing will be held in the University Place Conference Center and Hotel on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Campus, 850 West Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN. The August 15 hearing will be held in the Fiesta Ballroom of the Lackland Gateway Club, Building 2490, on Kenly Avenue at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX. Any individual who would like to attend the hearing at Lackland Air Force Base must present at any of its gates on the hearing date (1) a picture identification (such as a driver's license), and (2) proof of automobile insurance, if driving a vehicle.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For the Indianapolis hearing: Debra McKinney, 202-512-8517 or e-mail: McKinneyD@gao.gov; for the San Antonio hearing: Marilyn Wasleski, 202-512-8436 or e-mail: WasleskiM@gao.gov.

Further information, including transcripts of the June 11 Washington, DC hearing and copies of statements by all presenters, is available at http://www.gao.gov by clicking on "Commercial Activities Panel."

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 was held June 11 in Washington, DC, and concentrated on "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."

The second meeting will be held August 8 in Indianapolis, IN. The hearing will focus on alternatives to the current outsourcing processes.

The third hearing will be held on August 15 in San Antonio, TX. The hearing will address current processes, such as OMB Circular A-76, public-private competitions, and the FAIR Act.

Any party who would like to attend either of the August hearings or make a presentation should e-mail to: A76panel@gao.gov. Those who wish to make presentations at either hearing should submit written summaries of their oral statements to the same e-mail address.

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

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