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Small Business Research Programs: Agencies Should Further Improve Award Timeliness

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Defense Threat Reduction Agency The Director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency should evaluate the effectiveness of steps taken to improve SBIR and STTR award timeliness and take any necessary additional steps in order to consistently meet SBA award timeliness guidelines. (Recommendation 13)
Open – Partially Addressed

In its February 2022 letter responding to our report, DOD concurred with this recommendation. According to the letter, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) has taken multiple steps to implement this recommendation including: standardizing contracts guidance for applicants, standardizing evaluation templates, and using internal tracking mechanisms to facilitate and expedite proposal technical reviews. Furthermore, DTRA stated is it exploring an additional funding source to hire more contracting help, and developing guidance and/or training for program managers to facilitate timeliness

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