Agencies Studying 103,000+ Jobs for Contracting to Private Sector

OMB has identified more than 100,000 federal jobs that are being reviewed for contracting to the private sector.

Is your job being studied for the possibility of contracting the function to a private company?

The Office of Management and Budget has released a report (available from the left hand side of this page) that identifies over 103,000 federal jobs currently being reviewed in agencies to determine if the private sector could perform these functions better and cheaper. Here are a few examples from the report.

The Department of Defense heads the list with about 67,800 jobs under review. The jobs range from aircraft maintenance to logistics and vehicle maintenance.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has some 870 jobs under review including human resources, telecommunications and contract administration.

Treasury has about 4500 jobs under review in functions such as mailroom services and accounting.

The Social Security Administration is looking at 1691 jobs such as human resources, administrative support and legal services.

You can see the entire list of agencies with the number of jobs under consideration in the OMB report available from the left hand side of this page.

Also of interest is the number of jobs in each agency OMB has listed as having the potential to be performed by the private sector. For example, in the Department of Agriculture, 36% of the workforce (35,600 jobs) may be available for competition. 11,900 jobs in the Dept. of Transportation are available for competition (18% of the workforce), and 23,000 jobs in the Dept of Interior (33% of the workforce). To see how your agency comes out on the list, check out Table 1, Attachment A in the OMB report.

The report is the result of the President’s Management Agenda (PMA). A portion of this program called upon agencies to use competition as a management tool to determine the best and most cost-effective provider of commercial activities currently performed by their employees.

According to the Office of Management and Budget, agencies have made progress in using competitive sourcing to improve mission performance and decrease the costs of government for taxpayers.

This latest report is a supplement to the report on the progress of the President’s Management Agenda issued last July.

About the Author

Ralph Smith has several decades of experience working with federal human resources issues. He has written extensively on a full range of human resources topics in books and newsletters and is a co-founder of two companies and several newsletters on federal human resources. Follow Ralph on Twitter: @RalphSmith47