Competitive sourcing is not a form of management vigilance and
nor is it pro-business, insists the Federal Acquisition
Council’s updated Manager’s Guide to Competitive Sourcing.
Rather, it is an effective and efficient way to foster a
results-oriented culture, says a section in the guide arguing
what competitive sourcing is and what it should look like.
It wants competitive sourcing to be used as a tool to benchmark
organizational goals against potential service providers, a
means to get organizations to improve, and once and for all,
it says, it is not the same thing as outsourcing.
It dislikes that term because it implies a decision has been
made before to the effect that the private sector could almost
always provide better value. According to the FAC, half of
all competitions are won by the government.