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
“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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