Federal procurement (61 - 70 of 127 items)
Contract Management: Taking a Strategic Approach to Improving Service Acquisitions
GAO-02-499T: Published: Mar 7, 2002. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 2002.
The Service Acquisition Reform Act of 2002 seeks to strengthen the acquisition workforce by moving toward a performance-based contracting environment and improving service acquisitions management. During the past decade, federal agencies have substantially increased their purchases of services, particularly for information technology and professional, administrative, and management support. In fis...
Contract Management: Improving Services Acquisitions
GAO-02-179T: Published: Nov 1, 2001. Publicly Released: Nov 1, 2001.
Federal agencies spend billions of tax dollars each year to buy services, from clerical support to information technology expertise to facilities management. Agency service procurements are not always as efficient as they could be. Too often agencies are not clearly defining their requirements, fully considering alternative solutions, performing vigorous price analyses, or adequately overseeing co...
Contract Management: Small Businesses Continue to Win Construction Contracts
GAO-01-746: Published: Jun 22, 2001. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2001.
Congress appropriates billions of dollars annually to construct buildings and other facilities for military training and operations. Small business have carried out a significant portion of this work. Congress and small business advocates, however, had become concerned that agencies were combining requirements into larger contracts that small businesses could not win. GAO examined the contract bun...
Acquisition of Leased Space for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
GAO-01-578R: Published: Jun 5, 2001. Publicly Released: Jun 5, 2001.
This report reviews the data, assumptions, and conclusions reached by the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) on the acquisition of about two million square feet of leased space for the consolidation of PTO activities. This build-to-suit lease, valued at approximately $1.2 billion over its 20-year term, was signed in June 2000. this report responds to al...
Contract Management: Benefits of Simplified Acquisition Test Procedures Not Clearly Demonstrated
GAO-01-517: Published: Apr 20, 2001. Publicly Released: Apr 20, 2001.
In 1996, Congress authorized a test program that permits government buyers to use procedural discretion and flexibility, so that commercial items may be obtained in a simplified manner. This report discusses how federal agencies demonstrated whether the test program produced the desired results and (2) assesses how the authority provided under the test program was being used on selected contracts...
Federal Procurement: Trends and Challenges in Contracting With Women-Owned Small Businesses
GAO-01-346: Published: Feb 16, 2001. Publicly Released: Feb 16, 2001.
Procurement regulations implemented in 1996 mandated that women-owned small businesses (WOSB) receive five percent of governmentwide contracts. Although the number of contracts awarded to WOSBs has risen more than four times as fast as other federal contracting efforts since 1996, the goal of awarding five percent of federal contracts to WOSBs has not been met. More agencies succeeded in meeting...
Federal Facilities Council's Report on the Role of Facility Design Reviews in Facilities Construction
GGD-00-172R: Published: Jul 11, 2000. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Facilities Council's (FFC) study on the role of federal agencies' facility design reviews in the facility acquisition process.GAO noted that: (1) according to the FFC study, opportunities exist to significantly reduce total project cost (TPC) by conducting an effective design review process; (2) the study found that effective design rev...
Telecommunications: GSA's Estimates of FTS2001 Revenues Are Reasonable
AIMD-00-123: Published: Apr 14, 2000. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the General Services Administration's (GSA) estimates of the Federal Technology Service (FTS) 2001 revenues and the implications of allowing other service providers to compete in the FTS 2001 market, focusing on: (1) the percentage of FTS 2001 contracts that are minimum revenue guarantees (MRG); (2) when MRGs are likely to be satisfied; (3) the fac...
Certification Requirements: New Guidance Should Encourage Transparency in Agency Decisionmaking
GGD-99-170: Published: Sep 24, 1999. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed federal agencies' certification requirements for goods and services, focusing on: (1) the extent and variety of certification activities in the federal government; (2) the extent to which there are policies, procedures, or guidance governing those activities, either governmentwide or within selected agencies; and (3) an agency certification procedu...
Government Management: Observations on OMB's Management Leadership Efforts
T-GGD/AIMD-99-65: Published: Feb 4, 1999. Publicly Released: Feb 4, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed its observations on the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) efforts to carry out its responsibilities to set policy and oversee the management of the executive branch, focusing on: (1) OMB's wide-ranging management responsibilities and the question of whether to integrate or separate management and budget functions; (2) the effectiveness of OM...