Procurement (1 - 10 of 306 items)
Contract Management: Minimal Compliance with New Safeguards for Time-and-Materials Contracts for Commercial Services and Safeguards Have Not Been Applied to GSA Schedules Program
GAO-09-579: Published: Jun 24, 2009. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 2009.
Federal agencies have used time-and-materials (T&M) contracts to purchase billions of dollars in services. These contracts are risky because the government bears the risk of cost overruns. Effective February 2007, the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) was revised, pursuant to a statutory change, to allow T&M contracts to be used to acquire commercial services under FAR Part 12, which uses a str...
Defense Management: Actions Needed to Overcome Long-standing Challenges with Weapon Systems Acquisition and Service Contract Management
GAO-09-362T: Published: Feb 11, 2009. Publicly Released: Feb 11, 2009.
Today's testimony addresses the challenges DOD faces to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its weapon systems acquisition and contract management. GAO has designated both areas as high risk areas since the early 1990s. DOD's major weapon systems programs continue to take longer to develop, cost more, and deliver fewer quantities and capabilities than originally planned. DOD also continues...
Department of Homeland Security: Progress and Continuing Concerns with Acquisition Management
GAO-08-1164T: Published: Sep 17, 2008. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 2008.
Since it was created in 2003, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has obligated billions of dollars annually to meet its expansive homeland security mission. The department's acquisitions support complex and critical trade, transportation, border security, and information technology investments. In fiscal year 2007, DHS spent over $12 billion on procurements to meet this mission including sp...
Defense Contracting: Questions for the Record
GAO-07-217R: Published: Dec 21, 2006. Publicly Released: Dec 21, 2006.
On September 7, 2006, GAO testified before the Subcommittee on Defense, Committee on Appropriations, on recent trends in Department of Defense (DOD) contracting. Specifically, GAO testified about practices that undermine DOD's ability to establish sound business arrangements, particularly those involving the selection and oversight of DOD's contractors and their performance. This correspondence re...
Highlights of a GAO Forum: Federal Acquisition Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century
GAO-07-45SP: Published: Oct 6, 2006. Publicly Released: Oct 6, 2006.
Acquisition of products and services from contractors consumes about a quarter of discretionary spending governmentwide and is a key function in many federal agencies. In fiscal year 2005 alone, federal government contracting involved over $388 billion. The work of the government is increasingly being performed by contractors, including in emergency and large-scale logistics operations such as hur...
Multiyear Procurement Authority for the Virginia Class Submarine Program
GAO-03-895R: Published: Jun 23, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 2003.
On May 29, 2003 GAO briefed the Subcommittee on Defense, House Committee on Appropriations' staff on the fiscal year 2004 budget request for the Virginia class submarine program. This letter summarizes the information we provided in that briefing on the advantages that multiyear procurement authority offers the Virginia class submarine program as well as the risks of actually realizing these advan...
DOD's Standard Procurement System: Continued Investment Has Yet to Be Justified
GAO-02-392T: Published: Feb 7, 2002. Publicly Released: Feb 7, 2002.
The Department of Defense (DOD) lacks management control of the Standard Procurement System (SPS). DOD has not (1) ensured that accountability and responsibility for measuring progress against commitments are clearly understood, performed, and reported; (2) demonstrated, on the basis of reliable data and credible analysis, that the proposed system solution will produce economic benefits commensura...
Contract Management: Update on DOD's Purchase of Black Berets
GAO-02-165: Published: Dec 11, 2001. Publicly Released: Dec 11, 2001.
The Army announced in October 2000 that personnel would begin wearing berets eight months later. To meet the tight deadline for the production of 5 million berets at a cost of about $30 million, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) shortcut normal contracting procedures and waived restrictions that limit military purchases of some items, including clothing, to those produced in the United States or...
Contract Management: Purchase of Army Black Berets
GAO-01-695T: Published: May 2, 2001. Publicly Released: May 2, 2001.
The Army's decision to issue black berets to all of its forces in just eight months placed enormous demands on the military's procurement system. To meet this challenge, the Department of Defense (DOD) increased the domestic supplier's production, awarded contracts to known foreign sources, and procured berets from additional sources. This testimony discusses DOD's contracting strategy, including...
Contract Management: Selected DOD Consulting Services
NSIAD-00-183R: Published: Jun 23, 2000. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 2000.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) contract management, focusing on contracts for advisory and assistance services and other services.GAO noted that: (1) GAO reviewed 30 contracts associated with the largest fiscal year 1999 obligations for advisory and assistance and other services and described these services obtained by: (a) the Office of the S...