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GAO reported on large and repetitive open-market purchases of essential commodities made by the Postal Service's Procurement and Supply Department. The report focused on unduly restrictive contract conditions which have limited competition and increased procurement costs.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
United States Postal Service 1. The Postmaster General should provide for increased supervisory reviews of procurements to ensure that contract requirements consider commercially available products and recognize the industrial capabilities and limitations concerning the product being purchased.
Closed - Implemented
When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
United States Postal Service 2. The Postmaster General should provide for continuing comprehensive reviews of procurements that will identify restrictions to competition and work with Federal and private sector experts to develop less restrictive and costly alternatives.
Closed - Implemented
When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

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