Contract Management:

Improving Services Acquisitions

GAO-02-179T: Published: Nov 1, 2001. Publicly Released: Nov 1, 2001.

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Federal agencies spend billions of tax dollars each year to buy services, from clerical support to information technology expertise to facilities management. Agency service procurements are not always as efficient as they could be. Too often agencies are not clearly defining their requirements, fully considering alternative solutions, performing vigorous price analyses, or adequately overseeing contractor performance. Furthermore, agencies do not always have enough people with the right skills to manage service contracts. Congress is considering a package of proposals to improve the government's acquisition of services by (1) strengthening management oversight of services acquisitions, (2) improving the acquisition workforce, and (3) moving toward a performance-based contracting environment.

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