Federal procurement (51 - 60 of 128 items)
Interagency Contracting: Improved Guidance, Planning, and Oversight Would Enable the Department of Homeland Security to Address Risks
GAO-06-996: Published: Sep 27, 2006. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 2006.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has some of the most extensive acquisition needs within the federal government. In fiscal year 2005, DHS spent $17.5 billion on contracted purchases, $6.5 billion, or 37 percent, of which was through the use of other agencies' contracts and contracting services, a process known as interagency contracting. While these types of contracts offer the benefits o...
Contract Management: Further Action Needed to Improve Veterans Affairs Acquisition Function
GAO-06-144: Published: Oct 19, 2005. Publicly Released: Oct 19, 2005.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is among the largest federal acquisition agencies, spending $7.3 billion on product and service acquisitions in 2004 alone. Recent reports by VA and other organizations identified weaknesses in the agency's acquisition function that could result in excess costs to the taxpayer. One report by the Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) made 24 recommendations t...
Federal Aircraft: Inaccurate Cost Data and Weaknesses in Fleet Management Planning Hamper Cost Effective Operations
GAO-04-645: Published: Jun 18, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 12, 2004.
Federal civilian agencies own and operate a fleet of aging aircraft, many of which may soon need to be replaced. Agencies manage their fleets with help from guidance and policies issued by the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Numerous audit reports have disclosed that agencies lacked accurate cost data and had acquired aircraft without adequate j...
Competitive Sourcing: Greater Emphasis Needed on Increasing Efficiency and Improving Performance
GAO-04-367: Published: Feb 27, 2004. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2004.
In August 2001, the administration announced competitive sourcing as one of five initiatives in the President's Management Agenda. Under competitive sourcing, federal agencies open their commercial activities to competition among public and private sector sources. While competitive sourcing is expected to encourage innovation and improve efficiency and performance, it represents a major management...
Contract Management: Restructuring GSA's Federal Supply Service and Federal Technology Service
GAO-04-132T: Published: Oct 2, 2003. Publicly Released: Oct 2, 2003.
The General Services Administration's (GSA) Federal Supply Service (FSS) and Federal Technology Service (FTS) play an important role in assisting agencies procure a wide range of products and services. Over the past several years, FSS and FTS purchases have significantly increased, with IT products and services being the primary source of this growth. In April 2002, we identified overlap in FSS' a...
Competitive Sourcing: Implementation Will Be Challenging for Federal Agencies
GAO-03-1022T: Published: Jul 24, 2003. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 2003.
In May 2003, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a revised Circular A-76, which represents a comprehensive set of changes to the rules governing competitive sourcing--one of five governmentwide items in the President's Management Agenda. Determining whether to obtain services in-house or through commercial contracts is an important economic and strategic decision for agencies, and t...
Competitive Sourcing: Implementation Will Be Key to Success of New Circular A-76
GAO-03-943T: Published: Jun 26, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 2003.
In May 2003, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a new Circular A-76--which sets forth the government's competitive sourcing process. Determining whether to obtain services in-house or through commercial contracts is an important economic and strategic decision for agencies, and the use of A-76 is expected to grow throughout the federal government. In the past, however, the A-76 proce...
Contract Management: Comments on Selected Provisions of the Services Acquisition Reform Act of 2003, H.R. 1837
GAO-03-802R: Published: Jun 13, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 13, 2003.
This is a follow up to our April 30, 2003, testimony on the proposed Services Acquisition Reform Act of 2003 (SARA). Because our testimony was based on a section-by-section analysis of the proposed legislation, the House Committee on Government Reform requested that we review the specific provisions of the bill as introduced and provide any additional comments.GAO provided a summary of its comment...
Contract Management: Comments on Proposed Services Acquisition Reform Act
GAO-03-716T: Published: Apr 30, 2003. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2003.
Since 1997, federal spending on services has grown 11 percent and now represents more than 60 percent of contract spending governmentwide. Several significant changes in the government--including funding for homeland security--are expected to further increase spending on services. Adjusting to this new environment has proven difficult. Agencies need to improve in a number of areas: sustaining exec...
Federal Procurement: Government Agencies' Purchases of Recycled-Content Products
GAO-02-928T: Published: Jul 11, 2002. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 2002.
In the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976, Congress directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to identify products made with recycled waste materials or solid waste by-products and to develop guidance for purchasing these products. The act also requires procuring agencies to establish programs for purchasing these products. Procuring agencies, which can include contractors and...