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Previous GAO work on widespread improper premium class travel at the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of State (State) have led to concerns as to whether similar improper travel exists in the rest of the federal government.
In recent years, federal agencies have increasingly turned to interagency contracts--where one agency, for example, places an order under an existing contract for another agency--as a way to streamline the procurement process.
Federal civilian agencies own and operate a fleet of aging aircraft, many of which may soon need to be replaced. Agencies manage their fleets with help from guidance and policies issued by the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
In an era of limited resources and growing mission demands, many agencies have turned to approaches other than full up-front funding to finance capital. GAO was asked to inventory examples of alternative approaches that agencies have employed to finance the capital used in their operations.
Long-standing problems with excess and underutilized real property, deteriorating facilities, unreliable real property data, and costly space challenges are shared by several agencies. These factors have multibillion-dollar cost implications and can seriously jeopardize mission accomplishment.
Federal agencies spent $136 billion dollars in 2001 acquiring services ranging from clerical support and consulting services to information technology services, such as network support, and management and operations of government facilities, such as national laboratories.
As of June 2000, the General Services Administration (GSA) maintained 52 activity codes identified as unauthorized to requisition government property. During the last five years, four of these codes were inappropriately used to requisition about $3,000 in new and excess government property.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the proposed negotiated sale of 1,271 surplus family housing units at Mather Air Force Base, California, to the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA), focusing on whether: (1) the Air Force's attempts to obtain competition satisfy requirements...
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed federal agencies' implementation of the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act (FASA) when ordering under multiple-award contracts, focusing on: (1) whether federal agencies were providing a fair opportunity for contractors to receive orders under multiple-award...