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Federal Contracting: Observations on the Government's Contracting Data Systems

GAO-09-1032T Published: Sep 29, 2009. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 2009.
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The federal government relies heavily on contractors to carry out its missions, with fiscal year 2008 spending on contractor products and services of approximately $518 billion. Federal contracting data systems provide information on how these funds are being spent and how well the contractors are performing. GAO's testimony, which is based on prior reports, describes three governmentwide contracting data systems and the weaknesses GAO has identified with these systems.

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