AGENCY: Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President
ACTION: Issuance of Transmittal Memorandum No. 21, amending OMB Circular No. A-76,
"Performance of Commercial Activities."
SUMMARY: This Transmittal Memorandum updates the annual Federal pay raise assumptions
and inflation factors used for computing the Government's in-house personnel and non-pay costs,
as generally provided in the President's Budget for Fiscal Year 2001.
DATES: All changes in the Transmittal Memorandum are effective immediately and shall apply
to all cost comparisons in process where the Government's in-house cost estimate has not been
publicly revealed before this date.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. David C. Childs, Office of Federal
Procurement Policy, NEOB Room 9013, Office of Management and Budget, 725 17th Street,
NW, Washington, DC 20503, Tel. No. (202) 395-6104.
AVAILABILITY: Copies of the OMB Circular A-76, its Revised Supplemental Handbook and
currently applicable Transmittal Memoranda may be obtained at the OMB Homepage on the
Internet. The online address (URL) is /OMB/circulars/index.html#numerical.
TO THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
SUBJECT: Performance of Commercial Activities
This Transmittal Memorandum updates the annual Federal pay raise assumptions and inflation
factors used for computing the Government's in-house personnel and non-pay costs, as generally
provided in the President's Budget for Fiscal Year 2001.
The non-pay inflation factors are for purposes of A-76 cost comparison determinations only.
They reflect the generic non-pay inflation assumptions used to develop the FY 2001 Budget
baseline estimates required by law. The law requires that a specific inflation factor (FY/FY
G.D.P. chain price index) be used for this purpose. These inflation factors should not be viewed
as estimates of expected inflation rates for specific major long-term procurement items or as an
estimate of inflation for any particular agency's non-pay purchases mix.
Federal Pay Raise Assumptions
Non-Pay Categories (Supplies and Equipment, etc.)
The pay rate (including geographic pay differentials) that are in effect for 2000 shall be included
for the development of in-house personnel costs. The pay raise factors provided for 2001 and
beyond shall be applied to all employees, with no assumption being made as to how they will be
distributed between possible locality and ECI-based increases.
Agencies are reminded that OMB Circular No. A-76, Transmittal Memoranda 1 through
Transmittal Memorandum 14 are canceled. Transmittal Memorandum No. 15 provided the
Revised Supplemental Handbook dated March 27, 1996 (Federal Register, April 1, 1996, pages
14338-14346) and remains in effect. Transmittal Memoranda No. 16, 17 and 18, which provided
previous A-76 related Federal pay raise and inflation factor assumptions are canceled.
Transmittal Memorandum No. 19, to the extent that it provided last year's A-76 related Federal
pay raise and inflation factor assumptions, is canceled. The standard retirement cost factors for
the weighted average CSRS\FERS pension and Federal retiree health cost numbers and the post-retirement health costs also provided by Transmittal Memorandum No. 19, remain in effect.
Transmittal 20, with implemented the Federal Activities Inventory Reform (FAIR) Act, remains
in effect. Current A-76 guidance can be accessed at OMB's Homepage at