The Postal Service appointed its first Competition Advocate (CA) in January 2011. The CA is responsible for promoting competition and improving the Postal Service’s competitive contract performance. The CA must maintain a program that includes identifying, tracking, and following up on actions to remove barriers to contract competition.
The OIG will evaluate the impact of the competition advocate in promoting contract competition. In the absence of competition, it is essential for contracting officials to be vigilant and persistent in seeking the best value for goods and services for the Postal Service. What do you think?
Is the Competition Advocate role effective?
The Postal Service, as America’s oldest and most trusted delivery service, has to maintain a distinction between other delivery services in the marketplace to remain competitive. The Postal Services’ competitive advantage is dependent on the American people’s perception and trust in its brand. In fiscal years 2012 and 2013, the Postal Service committed approximately $227,220,071 in purchases for advertising and creative services to help promote its brand.
The OIG is currently conducting a review of the Postal Service's professional consulting contracts. Our objectives are to assess the evaluation of suppliers for professional consulting contracts and compare the suppliers’ executive compensation rates with federal government rates for comparable services.
The General Service Administration’s eLibrary contains contract award information. Included in this information are contractor rates. While the Postal Service does not use GSA for their contracting needs, the Postal Service could use information provided on the website to compare contractors' hourly charges to the federal government for comparable work, when available.