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Competitive Sourcing Policy: More Sail than Rudder


Steven L. Schooner


George Washington University - Law School

May 29, 2012

Public Contract Law Journal, Vol. 33, p. 263-297, 2004
GWU Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 86
GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 86

Abstract:     
This essay predicts that the Bush administration's competitive sourcing initiative will fail. Granted, the number of government employees will continue to shrink, while the number of contractor personnel serving the Government will methodically increase. But the Government's unwillingness to appreciate the policy's costs leads to the corresponding failure to identify, obtain, and invest appropriate resources needed to properly effectuate the policy. The Government simply lacks sufficient qualified acquisition, contract management, and quality control personnel to handle the outsourcing burden. Because the Government is ill-positioned to successfully out-source in a manner that generates higher quality services, lower prices, greater efficiency, or, ultimately, better government, an aggressive outsourcing policy will further expose long-standing problems in service contracting, including poor planning, inadequately defined requirements, insufficient price evaluation, and lax oversight of contractor performance. All of which lead to disquieting expectations for the Government's future.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 36

Keywords: public procurement, outsourcing, privatization, government contract law

JEL Classification: L33, H57, K23, H42

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Date posted: January 28, 2004 ; Last revised: May 29, 2012

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Schooner, Steven L., Competitive Sourcing Policy: More Sail than Rudder (May 29, 2012). Public Contract Law Journal, Vol. 33, p. 263-297, 2004; GWU Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 86; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 86. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=488266

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