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MCLB announces tentative award decision in A-76 Study

By Emblem Staff | | April 23, 2003

After four years of intensive studies and hard work to maintain a lean, flexible government workforce, base executive director, Gilbert Ward, proudly announced that a tentative award decision to keep the performance of the base maintenance function of Installation and Logistics Division here within the government.

The Charleston, S.C.-based U.S. Naval Southeast Division, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, provided the review and analysis of the bids used to make the tentative decision.

The announcement culminates four years of public-private competition called for by the Office of Management and Budget Circular A-76, "Performance of Commercial Activities."  The A-76 process establishes federal policy for deciding whether to retain commercial-like activities within the government or contract them out to a private sector source.  The guidance tells how to compare performance and cost-related information to arrive at the best overall deal for the taxpayer.

Base officials were notified in April 1999 by Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, that 114 civilian and 15 Marine billets in the Maintenance Branch of the Installation and Logistics Division here would be studied for possible conversion to contract performance.
The next step in the A-76 process is the appeal process.

An administrative appeal is a challenge to a cost comparison decision based on asserted errors in the cost comparison process.

The portions of the Installation and Logistics Division work force under study were those that provide for base maintenance and repair, utilities, production equipment maintenance and other services such as pest management.  

Implementation of the in-house Most Efficient Organization, consisting of more than 50 employees, will be completed after the final decision is announced in 45 days.