Because we operate in an environment in which there are increasing
demands for military capabilities - the Secretary of the Army’s
Wave Initiative seeks to ensure that we are achieving the best
value possible for our taxpayers’ dollars.
Exercise Kernal Blitz Experimental (KBX)
There are three phases to the Third Wave process. First, we determined
what activities were core or non-core to The Army’s mission.
In the second phase, we are validating the breakout between core
and non-core functions by determining if any non-core functions
should be exempted. This phase has an anticipated completion date
of mid- to late February 2003. Upon completion, The Army leadership
will notify Congress of the results of this phase. In the third
phase, key Army leaders will assess appropriate plans to execute
non-core functions, select the best means to proceed, and develop
implementation plans. At this time, we do not know how many of the
214,000 jobs identified as potentially non-core functions in Phase
I will be included in implementation plans. Although implementation
plans will target execution in fiscal years 2005-2009, some implementation
plans may be delayed beyond that period.
The implementation of competitive sourcing of non-core functions
will adhere to OMB Circular A-76 and related statutory provisions.
Exceptions to the requirement for public-private competition are
limited, such as where 10 or fewer civilian employees perform the
function, or where legal restrictions against using the A-76 process
apply to the function. To lower costs for taxpayers and improve
program performance to citizens, OMB has undertaken major revisions
to the processes and practices in OMB Circular A-76 to improve the
public-private competition process.