Federal procurement (1 - 10 of 166 items)
Veterans Administration Procurement: Protests Concerning Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Preferences Sustained
GAO-12-278T: Published: Nov 30, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2011.
Under the Competition in Contracting Act of 1984, GAO is required to consider protests filed by interested parties concerning the terms of solicitations or contract awards. In deciding protests, GAO makes a determination of whether the agency's actions complied with procurement statutes and regulations. Aldevera, an SDVOSB concern, argued that two solicitations issued by the Veterans Administratio...
Project BioShield Act: HHS Has Supported Development, Procurement, and Emergency Use of Medical Countermeasures to Address Health Threats
GAO-09-878R: Published: Jul 24, 2009. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 2009.
This report formally transmits the briefing in response to section 247d-6c of title 42 of the United States Code. The statute required the Comptroller General to examine the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) support for the development and procurement of and authority for the emergency use of medical countermeasures to address chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats to...
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...
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...
U.S. Postal Service Facilities: Improvements in Data Would Strengthen Maintenance and Alignment of Access to Retail Services
GAO-08-41: Published: Dec 10, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 2007.
Continued financial challenges and increased competition call for the U.S. Postal Service to manage its 34,000 facilities as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. GAO and others have identified key facility management challenges, including the need to (1) capture and maintain accurate facility data, (2) adequately maintain facilities, and (3) align retail access with customer needs. This r...
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...
Federal Acquisition: Progress in Implementing the Services Acquisition Reform Act of 2003
GAO-05-233: Published: Feb 28, 2005. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 2005.
In fiscal year 2004 federal spending on service contracts grew to over $189 billion governmentwide. This growth, along with cuts in the acquisition workforce and increases in high-dollar procurement actions, creates a challenging environment. In November 2003 the Services Acquisition Reform Act (SARA) was enacted to provide federal agencies with tools to optimize mission performance in this challe...
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...