The Use of Private Sector Management Analysts by the Federal Government
Although management analysis (MA) is often thought of as a public sector function, it occurs in the private sector as well. First, the variety of management analytical services and studies provided by "name" consulting firms is closely akin to management analysis. In a few cases, usually in small companies, the term Management Analysis is even used in the firm names, such as Management Analysis Company located in Atlanta and Management Analysis, Incorporated, in McLean, Virginia. The management consulting services these firms provide naturally are available to any private or public organization requesting them. This latter area, the provision of MA services to government organizations, is addressed in this chapter.
MA is a staff function that has as its main purpose the improvement of agency management policy, machinery, practices, and procedures. In today's federal environment with its emphasis on increased efficiency in agency management practices and procedures, many agencies are turning to the use of private sector management analysis support for quantitative analysis. At the same time, federal agencies tend to develop internal management studies directed toward improvement of management policy and machinery.
Quantitative analysis in support of management practices and procedures can take many forms, dictated primarily by the scope and limitations of the initial perceptions of agency management. Contracts tend to identify organizational entities to be examined, such as specific Automated Data Processing (ADP) or audiovisual entities. The private sector management analysts are therefore constrained by contract specifications from wandering too far from the basic units initially