Procurement (1 - 10 of 98 items)
Reverse Auctions: Guidance Is Needed to Maximize Competition and Achieve Cost Savings
GAO-14-200T: Published: Dec 11, 2013. Publicly Released: Dec 11, 2013.
GAO found that government agencies were increasingly using reverse auctions as a means to drive down prices but without adequate guidance to ensure that the potential benefits were maximized. GAO's analysis of the data also identified some common characteristics among contract awards resulting from reverse auctions.GAO found the following:(1) About 95 percent of the reverse auctions resulted in aw...
Information Technology: Critical Factors Underlying Successful Major Acquisitions
GAO-12-7: Published: Oct 21, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 21, 2011.
Planned federal information technology (IT) spending has now risen to at least $81 billion for fiscal year 2012. As GAO has previously reported, although a variety of best practices exists to guide their successful acquisition, federal IT projects too frequently incur cost overruns and schedule slippages while contributing little to mission-related outcomes. Recognizing these problems, the Office...
Recovery Act: Contract Oversight Activities of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board and Observations on Contract Spending in Selected States
GAO-10-216R: Published: Nov 30, 2009. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 2009.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) was enacted on February 17, 2009, to help stimulate the United States economy by creating new jobs, as well as saving existing ones, and investing in projects that will provide long-term economic benefits. Estimates show that the Recovery Act's combined spending and tax provisions will cost $787 billion over 10 years--about $207 bil...
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...
Contract Management: Roles and Responsibilities of the Federal Supply Service and Federal Technology Service
GAO-02-560T: Published: Apr 11, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 2002.
The General Services Administration's (GSA) Federal Supply Service (FSS) and Federal Technology Service (FTS) help agencies to purchase telephone and computer systems, motor vehicles, travel, and everyday supplies valued at more than $30 billion annually. FSS and FTS take different approaches to filling agency customers' requirements but, in the information technology area, they provide similar go...
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: 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...