Contract administration (1 - 10 of 86 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...
Federal Acquisition: Oversight Plan Needed to Help Implement Acquisition Advisory Panel's Recommendations
GAO-08-515T: Published: Feb 27, 2008. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2008.
A growing portion of federal spending is related to buying services such as administrative, management, and information technology support. Services accounted for about 60 percent of total fiscal year 2006 procurement dollars. The Services Acquisition Reform Act (SARA) of 2003 established an Acquisition Advisory Panel to make recommendations for improving acquisition practices. In January 2007, th...
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: 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...
NASA Procurement: Status of Efforts to Improve Oversight
NSIAD-98-198R: Published: Jul 13, 1998. Publicly Released: Jul 21, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the status of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) efforts to improve its procurement assessment and performance measurement processes, focusing on whether those efforts have been sufficient to warrant removing NASA contract management from the Comptroller General's high-risk list.GAO noted that: (1) removing NASA contract man...
NASA Procurement: Contract Management Oversight
NSIAD-97-114R: Published: Mar 18, 1997. Publicly Released: Mar 18, 1997.
GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) approach to monitoring, measuring, and validating its progress in improving contract management, focusing on the extent to which NASA's oversight processes ensure that contract management weaknesses are identified and promptly corrected.GAO noted that: (1) NASA acknowledged that its procurement self-assessment process could be...
Federal Contracting: Comments on S. 1724, the Freedom From Government Competition Act
T-GGD-96-169: Published: Sep 24, 1996. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 1996.
GAO discussed S. 1724, the Freedom From Government Competition Act, which would require that the government procure from the private sector the goods and services it needs to carry out its functions. GAO noted that: (1) the amount of government contracting is already extensive, and most government agencies rely heavily on contractors to provide commercial services; (2) the proposed act would great...
Navy's TAC-4 Procurement
AIMD-94-65R: Published: Dec 15, 1993. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of the Navy's Tactical Advanced Computer-4 (TAC-4) procurement which allows other Department of Defense and civilian agencies to purchase equipment without full competition and oversight. GAO found that the Navy: (1) has not completed its systems requirements planning and analyses and has not studied the feasibility and costs of proc...