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COVID-19 Contracting: Opportunities to Improve Practices to Assess Prospective Vendors and Capture Lessons Learned

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Office of Federal Procurement Policy The Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy should revise the Emergency Acquisitions Guide, based on outreach to agencies involved in the COVID-19 response, to account for information on the obstacles contracting officers may face when assessing prospective vendors during an emergency and key practices or resources to address those obstacles, and communicate those revisions to agencies once complete. (Recommendation 4)
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OMB agreed with this recommendation, and as of August 2022, stated that it is in the process of revising the Emergency Acquisitions Guide. We will continue to monitor OMB's efforts to revise the guide to include obstacles contracting officers may face when assessing prospective vendors during an emergency, and key practices or resources to address them

Office of Federal Procurement Policy The Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy should establish a process and time frames for regularly updating the Emergency Acquisitions Guide to ensure resources and practices federal agencies can use when contracting during an emergency are current. (Recommendation 5)
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OMB did not agree with this recommendation, stating that there may be more efficient ways to share resources with the acquisition workforce than the Emergency Acquisitions Guide. In March 2022, OMB officials said that they plan to work closely with federal agencies to determine the mix of resources that would help to support the acquisition workforce in preparing for and responding to emergency situations, including the future role of the Emergency Acquisitions Guide. As of August 2022, OMB stated it planned to begin these discussion with agencies after updates to the Emergency Acquisitions

2017 Disaster Contracting: Actions Needed to Improve the Use of Post-Disaster Contracts to Support Response and Recovery

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Office of Federal Procurement Policy The Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy should provide additional clarification on how contracting officers should determine whether offerors reside or primarily do business in a disaster area for the purposes of a local area set-aside contract. (Recommendation 4)
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The Office of Federal Procurement Policy concurred with this recommendation. In September 2019, officials identified the Emergency Acquisition Guide as a vehicle to address this recommendation. The Emergency Acquisition Guide, last updated in 2011, is intended to assist the federal contracting community with planning and carrying out procurement activities during contingency events. As of May 2021, the Office of Federal Procurement Policy staff stated that the agency plans to update the Emergency Acquisition Guide to include information on how contracting officers should determine whether

Sole Source Contracting: Defining and Tracking Bridge Contracts Would Help Agencies Manage Their Use

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2 Priority
Agency Recommendation Status
Office of Federal Procurement Policy
Priority Rec.
This is a priority recommendation.
To gain visibility and enable efficient management on the use of bridge contracts in federal agencies, the Administrator of OFPP should take appropriate steps to develop a standardized definition for bridge contracts and incorporate it as appropriate into relevant FAR sections.
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Staff from the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) had previously told us that OFPP would be convening the FAR Council to discuss regulatory action after it completed the development of management guidance. In January 2020, OFPP staff stated that they were reviewing the extent to which this guidance was necessary moving forward, and noted that there is no estimated timeframe for completion of this review. As of March 2022, OFPP staff stated they have no current plans to address this recommendation. We continue to believe these actions are important to help ensure agencies do not

Office of Federal Procurement Policy
Priority Rec.
This is a priority recommendation.
To gain visibility and enable efficient management on the use of bridge contracts in federal agencies, the Administrator of OFPP should, as an interim measure, until the FAR is amended, provide guidance to agencies on (1) a definition of bridge contracts, with consideration of contract extensions as well as stand-alone bridge contracts; and (2) suggestions for agencies to track and manage their use of these contracts, such as identifying a contract as a bridge in a Justification and Approval (J&A) when it meets the definition, and listing the history of previous extensions and stand-alone bridge contracts back to the predecessor contract in the J&A.
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OMB staff had previously told us that they had drafted guidance, which included a definition for bridge contracts, and that it was under review. In January 2020, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) staff stated that they were reviewing the extent to which this guidance was necessary moving forward and noted that there is no estimated timeframe for completion of this review. As of March 2022, OFPP staff stated they have no current plans to address this recommendation. We continue to believe these actions are important to help ensure agencies do not continue to use these noncompetitive

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