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The Defense Production Act allows federal agencies to require companies to prioritize government contracts for medical supplies to address national emergencies, like COVID-19. Federal agencies have used DPA authorities to expand production of COVID-related medical supplies.
In May 2019, we issued a report examining whether there are racial, ethnic, or gender disparities in the military justice system. Among other things, we found the military services do not collect consistent information on race, ethnicity, and gender making it more difficult to identify disparities.
The government buys a huge range of products and services, from military aircraft to common office supplies. We looked at how 7 leading companies manage procurement, and whether the federal government follows similar practices.
Army Corps of Engineers received DOD and other funds to construct barriers on the southwest U.S. border. With tight time frames to award some of the DOD-funded construction contracts, the Corps:
Awarded $4.3 billion in noncompetitive contracts.