Improvement and New Legislation Needed in AID's Contracting for Consultants and Advisors

ID-76-82: Published: Dec 27, 1976. Publicly Released: Dec 27, 1976.

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The Agency for International Development (AID) obtains consultant and advisory services to carry out foreign assistance programs.

The AID management information system did not readily identify the total dollar value of personal services contracts awarded during fiscal year 1975, but available data indicate that the value of such contracts was about $1.5 million. Consultants and experts employed on an intermittent basis accounted for another $1.1 million. AID has special authority to use personal services contracts when technical day-to-day supervision is carried out by the host government's officials or when the host government does not wish to contract directly with a foreign technician. In several instances, AID has not observed Civil Service rules with regard to the employment of intermittent consultants and experts. Retired civilian employees serving as experts or consultants are exempted from laws governing the simultaneous receipts of compensation and retirement benefits.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Administrator, AID, should: (1) develop procedures so that the limited authority of AID to award personal services contracts is not exceeded; (2) require that, in selecting personal services contractors, more than one potential contractor is interviewed; and (3) in negotiating compensation rates for personal services contracts, the rate is set on the basis of the job requirements rather than on the consultant's earnings history.

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