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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) operating contractors' use of systems contracting to determine whether DOE ensures that systems contracting is in the government's best interest.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Energy||1. To help ensure that the operating contractors' use of systems contracting is in the best interest of the federal government, the Secretary of Energy should enforce its requirement that GSA be used when it is economically advantageous to the government by having the operating contractors compare and evaluate the costs and benefits of systems contracting with purchases from GSA before awarding such contracts.|
|Department of Energy||2. To help ensure that the operating contractors' use of systems contracting is in the best interest of the federal government, the Secretary of Energy should require DOE operating contractors to provide detailed documentation supporting their evaluations and independently review the contractors' evaluations.|
|Department of Energy||3. The Secretary of Energy should require Sandia to establish adequate internal controls to help ensure that: (1) the lowest-cost items available under a systems contract are selected unless otherwise justified; and (2) items added to the systems contract are obtained at the lowest prices consistent with requirements for quality and timeliness.|
|Department of Energy||4. The Secretary of Energy should determine whether other operating contractors have established adequate controls over their purchases under systems contracts and, if not, require them to establish such controls.|