One-third of the DoD FY 2006 spending on goods and services was for subcontracts. Concerns have been raised among DoD auditors and Congress about the potential for excessive pass-through charges by contractors that add little or no value when work is subcontracted. To better understand this risk, this report assesses the extent to which DoD may be vulnerable to these charges, and examines: (1) DoD¿s approach to assessing the risk of excessive pass-through charges when work is subcontracted; (2) the strategies that selected private sector companies use to minimize risks of excessive pass-through charges when purchasing goods and services; and (3) DoD¿s interim rule to prevent excessive pass-through charges. Illustrations.
Competition is a critical tool for achieving the best return on the government's investment. While federal agencies are generally required to award contracts on the basis of full and open competition, they are permitted to award non-competitive contracts in certain situations. Agencies are also required to establish competition advocates to promote competition. This report assessed: (1) trends in non-competitive contracts and those receiving only one offer when competed; (2) exceptions to and factors affecting competition; (3) whether contracting approaches reflected sound procurement practices; and (4) how agencies are instituting the competition advocate role. Charts and tables. This is a print on demand publication.
The Recovery Act (RA) of 2009 provides funds to fed. agencies and states, which in turn may award contracts to private co. to carry out the purposes of the RA. Contracts using RA funds are required to be awarded competitively to the maximum extent practicable. This report examined the use and oversight of non-competitive contracts at the fed. and state levels. It determined: (1) the extent that federal contracts were awarded non-competitively; (2) the reasons five selected federal agencies DoD, DoE, HHS; NASA; and SBA awarded non-competitive contracts; (3) the oversight these agencies and their inspectors general provide for RA contracts; and (4) the level of insight five selected states have into the use of non-competitive RA contracts. Illus.
In FY 2007, fed. agencies worked with over 160,000 contractors, obligating over $456 billion, to help accomplish fed. missions. This reliance on contractors makes it critical that agencies have the info. necessary to properly evaluate a contractor's prior history of performance and better inform agencies' contract award decisions. While actions have been taken to improve the sharing of past performance info. and its use -- including the development of the Past Performance Info. Retrieval System (PPIRS) -- concerns remain about this info. This report assesses agencies' use of past performance info. in awarding contracts; identifies challenges that hinder sharing of past performance info.; and describes efforts to improve contractor performance info. Illus.
As a result of internal control deficiencies discussed in a 2007 report on certain contracts at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the auditor was asked to identify the extent to which CMS: (1) implemented effective control procedures over contract actions; and (2) established a strong control environment for contract management. The auditor used a statistical random sample of 2008 CMS contract actions to assess CMS internal control procedures. The results were projected to the population of 2008 CMS contract actions. The auditor reviewed contract file documentation and interviewed senior acquisition management officials. Includes recommendations. Charts and tables.
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