: This feasibility study is complete and implementation of recommendations is underway. The study was submitted to USDA and OMB and no comments have been received to date. A Request for Information (RFI) to determine if there are entities available and interested in submitting bids to own and/or operate the agency fleet has been placed on FedBizOpps. A consultant is in place to assist in analysis of the RFI results and to make fleet composition recommendations, as well as to conduct a fleet inventory analysis and provide a report of summary findings.
The Executive Sponsor for this efficiency study is Deputy Chief Joel Holtrop; the Project Lead is Kurt Gernerd; and the Competitive Sourcing Technical Resource is Kathy Adam.
Overall Competitive Sourcing Summary:
Increase the cost-effectiveness of Forest Service programs, keeping in mind that cost and program effectiveness are equally important.
Position the Forest Service to effectively compete when competition is determined to be the best alternative.
Be sensitive to the effects of competitive sourcing on agency personnel. Throughout the process maintain communication, provide means for employee input and appropriate involvement, and provide effective means to facilitate personnel transitions.
Avoid doing things that would adversely affect the agency’s overall ability to function effectively and efficiently.
Organizational performance accountability is the focus. Our interest is to articulate in the most non-self-interested way, what services we provide, for what reasons, to what standards (quality and quantity), at what costs, for what audiences, and based on those audiences’ feedback, how well those results (outcomes/outputs) are being achieved. We value real-time assessment that is based on profession and/or industry standard service/product performance criteria.
The Forest Service draft Green Plan, dated December 7, 2005, describes how the Agency plans to address the Competitive Sourcing Initiative outlined in the President’s Management Agenda (PMA). This is the most current Green Plan.
The Plan speaks to competitive sourcing activities the Agency will initiate and complete over a 5-year period. The Plan is updated and submitted for approval through USDA to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in August of each year or as directed.
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