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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...
Defense Acquisitions: Assessments of Major Weapon Programs
GAO-03-476: Published: May 15, 2003. Publicly Released: May 15, 2003.
The weapons the Department of Defense (DOD) develops have no rival in superiority. How they are developed can be improved, without sacrificing the superiority of the outcome. GAO's reviews over the past 20 years have found consistent problems with weapon investments--cost increases, schedule delays and performance shortfalls--along with underlying causes, such as pressure on managers to promise mo...
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: Answers to Hearing Questions Regarding the Service Acquisition Reform Act
GAO-02-503R: Published: Mar 1, 2002. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 2002.
GAO reviewed the proposed Service Acquisition Reform Act and found that additional training for the acquisition workforce is needed governmentwide. Agencies could improve the capacity of the acquisition workforce by focusing on such key areas as requirements, inventory, workforce strategies and plans, and progress evaluations. GAO did not examine how pay-for-performance and pay banding would apply...
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: 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...