Procurement (1 - 10 of 33 items)
America Competes Act: NIST Applied Some Safeguards in Obtaining Expert Services, but Additional Direction from Congress Is Needed
GAO-09-789: Published: Aug 7, 2009. Publicly Released: Aug 7, 2009.
The America COMPETES Act gave the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), within the Department of Commerce, the authority, through 2010, to obtain the temporary services of up to 200 experts or consultants per year, but did not specify how the agency should acquire these services. NIST has used this authority to award personal services contracts to obtain the services of individual...
Private Equity: Recent Growth in Leveraged Buyouts Exposed Risks That Warrant Continued Attention
GAO-08-885: Published: Sep 9, 2008. Publicly Released: Oct 7, 2008.
The increase in leveraged buyouts (LBO) of U.S. companies by private equity funds prior to the slowdown in mid-2007 has raised questions about the potential impact of these deals. Some praise LBOs for creating new governance structures for companies and providing longer term investment opportunities for investors. Others criticize LBOs for causing job losses and burdening companies with too much d...
Grant Management: Improvements Needed in Federal Oversight of NSF Grants
T-RCED-91-92: Published: Sep 24, 1991. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 1991.
GAO discussed grant administration at the National Science Foundation (NSF), focusing on the federal oversight process for the NSF grant program at three institutions. GAO noted that: (1) NSF has given grant recipients almost total responsibility for ensuring that funds are used in accordance with applicable federal requirements, but the effectiveness of controls over the use of grant funds varies...
The President's Commission on Executive Exchange
T-GGD-91-38: Published: Jun 10, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 1991.
GAO discussed the President's Commission on Executive Exchange, focusing on the adequacy of controls over: (1) procurement; (2) travel; (3) budget; and (4) personnel. GAO noted that: (1) due to erroneous Office of Personnel Management (OPM) legal advice, the Commission made inappropriate expenditures from the OPM revolving fund over a 4-year period without regard to federal laws and regulations; (...
[Comments on Proposed Revision to FAR]
B-238333: Published: Apr 6, 1990. Publicly Released: Apr 6, 1990.
GAO commented on a General Services Administration proposal to change prohibited contract award provisions in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). GAO had no objection to exempting such special government employees as temporary advisors and consultants from the general prohibition against government employees receiving government contracts, but advised that FAR should make clear that such exe...
[Comments on Proposed Changes to FAR]
B-217790.2,B-221716.2,B-233540: Published: Feb 23, 1989. Publicly Released: Feb 23, 1989.
GAO commented on three proposals to change contract cost principles in the Federal Acquisition Regulation. GAO: (1) did not support the proposed revision of public relations and advertising cost principles, since the revision would not prevent the recovery of unallowable public relations and advertising costs under other cost principles; (2) supported the proposed revision of professional and cons...
Comments on a Prior Decision
B-195267.3: Published: Mar 24, 1980. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 1985.
Comments were provided on a decision in which GAO considered the issues raised by a firm to be academic because the soliciting agency had cancelled the protested solicitation. Despite the corrective action taken by the solicitor in cancelling the contract and reprocuring the services, the firm wanted GAO to decide whether the solicitor should set aside all similar procurements for exclusive partic...
Procedures Used by Army for Awarding Lease Contract
B-205071: Published: Nov 5, 1981. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 1985.
No summary is currently available...
Request for Comments on Proposed Amendment
B-203912: Published: Sep 1, 1981. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 1985.
No summary is currently available...