To determine if a private organization can perform a function
more effeciently than the government.
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SSA's Current Score:
COMMERCIAL SERVICES MANAGEMENT PLAN:
Green Light Criteria:
- Have an OMB approved “green” plan (i.e. long
range competition plan to compete commercial activities suitable
- Have publicly announced standard competitions in accordance
with the scheduled outlined in the Agency “green” competition
- Have since January 2001, completed at least 10 standard and/or
streamlined competitions (no minimum number of positions required
- Have in the past year, completed 95% of all streamlined competitions
in a 90-day time frame.
- Have in the past year, completed 90% of all standard competitions
in a 12 month timeframe or timeframe otherwise approved in
accordance with the Circular
- Have in the past year, canceled fewer than 10% of publicly
announced standard and streamlined competitions.
- Have justifications why some commercial activities (code
A) are exempt from competition.
- Tracks and reviews actual costs, savings and quality of performance
of the selected service provider for all performance periods.
- Structures competitions in a manner to encourage participations
by both private and public sectors
- Regularly reviews work performed once competitive sourcing
studies are implemented to determine if performance standards
are being met.
- Submits quarterly reports to OMB’s competitive sourcing
tracking system regarding status of pending competitions and
- Has positive anticipated savings and/or significant performance
improvements from competitions completed in the last fiscal
year for which data has been officially reported to Congress
by OMB or in the last three quarters.
To Maintain Green Status:
- Has expressly coordinated “green” competition
plan annual updates with agency’s Cief Human Capital
- Has an OMB-approved plan for independently validating results
from a sampling of competitions and completes validations in
accordance with the schedule outline in the plan.
- Implement the infrastructure needed to carry out the competitive
sourcing process and meet the President’s goals for this
- Continue a comprehensive training program for managers and
employees involved in competitive sourcing competitions
- Use a combination of in-house expertise and experienced competitive
sourcing consultants to conduct competitions
- Submit the FAIR Act Inventory on a timely basis to OMB
- Continue preplanning activities and compete functions that
would generate savings or produce quality improvements
- The Agency has worked with OMB to develop an “express” pilot
competition of 10 FTEs or less that enables the Agency to more
efficiently/cost effectively compete with small FTE functions