First Competitive Sourcing Study Rates
Social Security Administration “The Best”
Jo Anne Barnhart, Commissioner of Social Security, announced
that the results of the Agency’s first OMB Circular A-76 Competitive
Sourcing Streamlined Study were decided in favor of the Social Security
Administration (SSA). As a result, SSA was able to retain performance
of the Agency’s software validation function.
“It is no surprise to me that SSA has proven it is capable of providing
the most efficient service with the best value,” said Commissioner
Barnhart. “I have said all along that SSA’s employees are
among the best not only in the Federal government but as compared to the
private sector as well.”
This was one of several competitive sourcing studies currently underway
to determine whether the Government or a private contractor can provide
the most cost effective service to the American taxpayer. Competitive
sourcing is part of the President’s Management Agenda (PMA) –
President Bush’s initiatives to improve the management and performance
of government. Competitive sourcing implements a PMA guiding principle
that government should actively promote innovation through competition.
The functions in the SSA software validation study are performed by 36
employees who maintain, test and validate software changes related to
SSA’s automated processing of its work. SSA’s in-house cost
estimate for the function was approximately one-third lower than the lowest
contract cost in the study.
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