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Contractor Performance: Actions Taken to Improve Reporting of Past Performance Information
GAO-14-707: Published: Aug 7, 2014. Publicly Released: Aug 7, 2014.
The Office of Federal Procurement Policy's (OFPP) strategy to improve the reporting of past performance information relies on increased oversight and enhancements to guidance and acquisition regulations. Since 2009, OFPP has taken several actions to increase the number and quality of past performance submissions available to source selection officials, including:emphasizing reporting requirements...
Interagency Contracting: Agency Actions Address Key Management Challenges, but Additional Steps Needed to Ensure Consistent Implementation of Policy Changes
GAO-13-133R: Published: Jan 29, 2013. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 2013.
Both OFPP and GSA have implemented corrective actions to address the key interagency contracting issues identified in our 2010 report regarding the creation, use, and oversight of interagency contracts. Specifically, OFPP has developed a policy framework for the establishment and oversight of interagency contract vehicles, which focuses on ensuring that new interagency contracts demonstrate value...
Chief Acquisition Officers: Appointments Generally Conform to Legislative Requirements, but Agencies Need to Clearly Define Roles and Responsibilities
GAO-12-792: Published: Jul 26, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 2012.
Most agencies have appointed Chief Acquisition Officers (CAO) in accordancewith two of the three key requirements in the Services Acquisition Reform Act of2003 (SARA): that the CAOs be political appointees and have agency SeniorProcurement Executives report directly to them. However, few CAOs haveacquisition management as their primary duty; other areas of responsibilityincluded financial, informa...
Suspension and Debarment: Some Agency Programs Need Greater Attention, and Governmentwide Oversight Could Be Improved
GAO-11-739: Published: Aug 31, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 6, 2011.
The federal government spent more than $535 billion on contracted goods and services in fiscal year 2010. One tool for ensuring that agencies are only awarding contracts to responsible sources is the use of suspensions and debarments--actions taken by agencies to exclude firms or individuals from receiving federal contracts or assistance based on various types of misconduct. This report analyzed (...
Interagency Contracting: Need for Improved Information and Policy Implementation at the Department of State
GAO-08-578: Published: May 8, 2008. Publicly Released: May 8, 2008.
Interagency contracting--using another agency's contracts or contracting services--can provide agencies with opportunities to streamline the procurement process and achieve savings. However, GAO designated the management of interagency contracting a high-risk area in 2005 due, in part, to a lack of reliable data on its use and of clarity regarding contract management responsibilities. In 2002, the...
Certification Requirements: Guidance Governing Agency Actions Is Limited
T-GGD-99-166: Published: Sep 9, 1999. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the certification requirements of federal agencies, focusing on: (1) the extent and variety of certification activities in the federal government; (2) the extent to which any policies, procedures, or guidance exist governing these activities, either governmentwide or within selected agencies; and (3) an agency certification practice that could ser...
Acquisition Reform: Efforts to Reduce the Cost to Manage and Oversee DOD Contracts
NSIAD-96-106: Published: Apr 18, 1996. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 1996.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) attempts to address the impact of its acquisition regulations and oversight requirements that are cost drivers for DOD acquisitions. GAO limited its review to the top 10 cost drivers, which accounted for nearly 50 percent of the cost premium identified in a Coopers and Lybrand study.GAO found that: (1) in respons...
Naval Aviation: F/A-18 E/F Acquisition Strategy
NSIAD-94-194: Published: Aug 18, 1994. Publicly Released: Sep 22, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Navy's plans for acquiring tactical aircraft, focusing on whether Department of Defense (DOD) acquisition regulations permitted classification of the F/A-18E/F program as a major modification rather than a new program.GAO found that: (1) DOD based its decision to classify F/A-18E/F development as a major modification of existing aircraft on a N...
Federal Research: Implementation of the Super Collider's Cost and Schedule Control System
RCED-92-242: Published: Jul 21, 1992. Publicly Released: Aug 3, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the cost and schedule for the Department of Energy's (DOE) Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) project, focusing on the: (1) time frame and basis of its data supporting its April 1992 testimony; and (2) status of its review and the present implementation status of the DOE system for managing the SSC project's cost and schedule.GAO f...
Federal Regulations Need To Be Revised To Fully Realize the Purposes of the Competition in Contracting Act of 1984
OGC-85-14: Published: Aug 21, 1985. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 1985.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed whether the changes made to various federal regulations conformed with the Competition in Contracting Act of 1984, and obtained information on how many agencies have issued their own acquisition regulations and how many have revised them based on the act.GAO found that: (1) some Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) provisions are inconsistent wi...