Procurement (1 - 10 of 294 items)
Haiti Reconstruction: Factors Contributing to Delays in USAID Infrastructure Construction
GAO-12-68: Published: Nov 16, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 16, 2011.
On January 12, 2010, a powerful earthquake struck Haiti, resulting in an estimated 230,000 deaths, including more than 16,000 Haitian government personnel, and the destruction of many ministry buildings. In addition to immediate relief efforts, in July 2010, Congress appropriated $1.14 billion in supplemental funds for reconstruction, most of which was provided to the U.S. Agency for International...
Joint Strike Fighter: Significant Challenges and Decisions Ahead
GAO-10-478T: Published: Mar 24, 2010. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 2010.
The F-35 Lightning II, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), is the Department of Defense's (DOD) most costly and ambitious aircraft acquisition, seeking to simultaneously develop and field three aircraft variants for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and eight international partners. The JSF is critical for recapitalizing tactical air forces and will require a long-term commitment to ver...
America Competes Act: NIST Applied Some Safeguards in Obtaining Expert Services, but Additional Direction from Congress Is Needed
GAO-09-789: Published: Aug 7, 2009. Publicly Released: Aug 7, 2009.
The America COMPETES Act gave the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), within the Department of Commerce, the authority, through 2010, to obtain the temporary services of up to 200 experts or consultants per year, but did not specify how the agency should acquire these services. NIST has used this authority to award personal services contracts to obtain the services of individual...
Federal Acquisitions and Contracting: Systemic Challenges Need Attention
GAO-07-1098T: Published: Jul 17, 2007. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 2007.
In fiscal year 2006, the federal government spent over $400 billion for a wide variety of goods and services, with the Department of Defense (DOD) being the largest purchaser. Given the large and growing structural deficit, the government must get the best return it can on its investment in goods and services. For decades, GAO has reported on a number of systemic challenges in agencies' acquisitio...
Contract Management: DOD Vulnerabilities to Contracting Fraud, Waste, and Abuse
GAO-06-838R: Published: Jul 7, 2006. Publicly Released: Jul 7, 2006.
In recent years, the Department of Defense (DOD) has increasingly relied on goods and services provided by the private sector under contract. Since fiscal year 2000, DOD's contracting for goods and services has nearly doubled, and this trend is expected to continue. In fiscal year 2005 alone, DOD obligated nearly $270 billion on contracts for goods and services. Given the magnitude of the dollar a...
JFMIP: Acquisition/Financial Systems Interface Requirements (Exposure Draft)
JFMIP-SR-01-03: Published: Nov 30, 2001. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2001.
GAO published a functional requirements document intended to assist agencies when developing new systems and when improving or evaluating existing systems. It provides the baseline functionality that agency systems must have in order to support agency missions and comply with laws and regulations. Specifically, the document focuses on (1) micropurchases made with purchase cards, (2) information re...
Core Competencies: Budget Analysts in the Federal Government
JFMIP-ET-99-14: Published: Nov 1, 1999. Publicly Released: Nov 1, 1999.
GAO provided information on establishing core competencies for budget analysts who work in the federal government. This document identifies and sorts the competencies necessary for budget analysts' work into the following categories: (1) budgeting concepts and process; (2) budget presentation and justification; and (3) general...
National Gambling Impact Study Commission: Selected Operational Practices
GGD-99-46: Published: Apr 16, 1999. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed selected operational practices of the National Gambling Impact Study Commission (NGISC), focusing on: (1) whether NGISC is subject to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) and, if so, whether NGISC followed FACA with respect to three specific meetings; (2) what contracting procedures were used in NGISC's award of three major contracts; (3) why...
State Department: Provision of Residential Furniture Inconsistent With Best Practices
NSIAD-97-173R: Published: Jun 10, 1997. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 1997.
GAO reviewed the State Department's procurement of residential furniture for its overseas employees.GAO noted that: (1) GAO's preliminary work indicates that State may be missing an opportunity to develop a more cost effective and efficient approach to purchasing furniture for its overseas employees; (2) the current process is inefficient because of its long cycle times, several handoffs, and subs...
Defense Outsourcing: Challenges Facing DOD as It Attempts to Save Billions in Infrastructure Costs
T-NSIAD-97-110: Published: Mar 12, 1997. Publicly Released: Mar 12, 1997.
GAO discussed the Department of Defense's (DOD) goal to save billions of dollars by outsourcing work to the private sector and through other initiatives for activities which DOD generally refers to as its support infrastructure, focusing on: (1) DOD's past experience in achieving infrastructure savings; (2) key infrastructure areas that offer the greatest potential for savings; and (3) challenges...