CRS Report: Definitions of “Inherently Governmental Function” in Federal Procurement Law and Guidance

CRS Report on Inherently Federal Functions definitions in procurement law

Functions that federal law and policy require to be performed by government personnel, not contractor employees, are known as “inherently governmental functions.” Such functions have been a topic of interest in recent Congresses, in part, because of questions about sourcing policy (i.e., whether specific functions should be performed by government personnel or contractor employees). There have also been questions about the various definitions of inherently governmental function given in federal law and policy and, particularly, whether the existence of multiple definitions of this term may have resulted in contractor employees performing functions
that should be performed by government personnel.