NASA Procurement:

Planning for Pilot Test of New Procurement Procedures Is Adequate

NSIAD-94-67: Published: Nov 4, 1993. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 1993.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) pilot test plans for new procurement procedures, focusing on: (1) how the test procurement procedures differ from federal acquisition regulations (FAR); (2) NASA development of key features of the pilot project; and (3) NASA plans for assessing the pilot project's results.

GAO found that: (1) NASA has planned a pilot test for its new procurement procedures and to assess their impact on competitiveness and minority and small business participation; (2) the key features of the new procedures include an electronic commerce system, a small buying team process, and a best value selection approach that will require changes to FAR procedures; (3) the new NASA procedures are intended to extensively reduce the amount of documentation required to support the solicitation and award of midrange procurements and simplify the selection process while ensuring a fair and impartial selection; (4) NASA will use quantitative and qualitative data to evaluate the pilot test results; and (5) NASA has developed baseline data to help determine whether its new procurement procedures maintain sufficient competition and adequate small business participation.

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