Federal procurement policy (1 - 10 of 104 items)
Reverse Auctions: Guidance Is Needed to Maximize Competition and Achieve Cost Savings
GAO-14-200T: Published: Dec 11, 2013. Publicly Released: Dec 11, 2013.
GAO found that government agencies were increasingly using reverse auctions as a means to drive down prices but without adequate guidance to ensure that the potential benefits were maximized. GAO's analysis of the data also identified some common characteristics among contract awards resulting from reverse auctions.GAO found the following:(1) About 95 percent of the reverse auctions resulted in aw...
Veterans Administration Procurement: Protests Concerning Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Preferences Sustained
GAO-12-278T: Published: Nov 30, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2011.
Under the Competition in Contracting Act of 1984, GAO is required to consider protests filed by interested parties concerning the terms of solicitations or contract awards. In deciding protests, GAO makes a determination of whether the agency's actions complied with procurement statutes and regulations. Aldevera, an SDVOSB concern, argued that two solicitations issued by the Veterans Administratio...
Contract Management: Minimal Compliance with New Safeguards for Time-and-Materials Contracts for Commercial Services and Safeguards Have Not Been Applied to GSA Schedules Program
GAO-09-579: Published: Jun 24, 2009. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 2009.
Federal agencies have used time-and-materials (T&M) contracts to purchase billions of dollars in services. These contracts are risky because the government bears the risk of cost overruns. Effective February 2007, the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) was revised, pursuant to a statutory change, to allow T&M contracts to be used to acquire commercial services under FAR Part 12, which uses a str...
Federal Acquisition: Oversight Plan Needed to Help Implement Acquisition Advisory Panel's Recommendations
GAO-08-515T: Published: Feb 27, 2008. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2008.
A growing portion of federal spending is related to buying services such as administrative, management, and information technology support. Services accounted for about 60 percent of total fiscal year 2006 procurement dollars. The Services Acquisition Reform Act (SARA) of 2003 established an Acquisition Advisory Panel to make recommendations for improving acquisition practices. In January 2007, th...
Highlights of a GAO Forum: Federal Acquisition Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century
GAO-07-45SP: Published: Oct 6, 2006. Publicly Released: Oct 6, 2006.
Acquisition of products and services from contractors consumes about a quarter of discretionary spending governmentwide and is a key function in many federal agencies. In fiscal year 2005 alone, federal government contracting involved over $388 billion. The work of the government is increasingly being performed by contractors, including in emergency and large-scale logistics operations such as hur...
Contract Management: Comments on Selected Provisions of the Services Acquisition Reform Act of 2003, H.R. 1837
GAO-03-802R: Published: Jun 13, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 13, 2003.
This is a follow up to our April 30, 2003, testimony on the proposed Services Acquisition Reform Act of 2003 (SARA). Because our testimony was based on a section-by-section analysis of the proposed legislation, the House Committee on Government Reform requested that we review the specific provisions of the bill as introduced and provide any additional comments.GAO provided a summary of its comment...
Contract Management: Comments on Proposed Services Acquisition Reform Act
GAO-03-716T: Published: Apr 30, 2003. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2003.
Since 1997, federal spending on services has grown 11 percent and now represents more than 60 percent of contract spending governmentwide. Several significant changes in the government--including funding for homeland security--are expected to further increase spending on services. Adjusting to this new environment has proven difficult. Agencies need to improve in a number of areas: sustaining exec...
Federal Procurement: Government Agencies' Purchases of Recycled-Content Products
GAO-02-928T: Published: Jul 11, 2002. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 2002.
In the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976, Congress directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to identify products made with recycled waste materials or solid waste by-products and to develop guidance for purchasing these products. The act also requires procuring agencies to establish programs for purchasing these products. Procuring agencies, which can include contractors and...
Federal Acquisition: Trends, Reforms, and Challenges
T-OCG-00-7: Published: Mar 16, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed federal acquisition issues, focusing on: (1) the changing acquisition environment; (2) recent reform efforts; and (3) current and future challenges in this area.GAO noted that: (1) federal spending for goods and services has changed significantly in recent years; (2) although the Department of Defense remains the dominant federal buyer, accounting...
Procurement Reform: How Selected Countries Perform Certain GSA Activities
GGD-99-109: Published: Jul 15, 1999. Publicly Released: Aug 18, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on how foreign governments perform procurement activities that in the United States fall under the responsibility of the General Services Administration's Federal Supply Service (FSS) and Federal Technology Service (FTS).GAO noted that: (1) none of the countries had organizations that completely mirrored FSS and FTS; (2) Canada and the...