Department of Energy Contract Management
HR-97-13: Published: Feb 1, 1997. Publicly Released: Feb 1, 1997.
GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) implementation of its contract reform initiative, focusing on DOE's continued use of noncompetitively awarded contracts to operate its major facilities.
GAO found that: (1) a major contract reform effort now under way and receiving high priority and visibility at DOE raises expectations for improvement; (2) responding to continued criticism of DOE's contract management, in 1993 the Secretary of Energy established a Contract Reform Team; (3) the Reform Team evaluated the Department's contracting practices and, in its February 1994 report, recommended nearly 50 actions to fundamentally change DOE's contracting practices; (4) in response, DOE has made progress in developing an array of policies and procedures; (5) in addition, DOE is including incentives to improve performance and control costs in its contracts; (6) DOE also has initiated a new approach for some environmental cleanup work in an attempt to shift much of the risk and responsibility onto the contractor; (7) although DOE has made headway, most of the completed actions were delayed, which will push back the implementation of the final reforms accordingly; (8) the changes proposed in DOE's current reforms, which are unprecedented in scope within DOE, provide a comprehensive plan to address the problems resulting from its past contracting practices; (9) this effort will require time as the current contracts are either competitively awarded or noncompetitively renewed with the reform provisions incorporated into the contracts; (10) continued high-level monitoring and oversight by DOE will be needed to identify problems, standardize the best practices, and make needed corrections as DOE makes its way through these changes; and (11) DOE should competitively award its management and operating contracts to the greatest extent possible and link the contractors' goals to DOE's strategic goals.
Below are the reports in this series:
High-Risk Series: An Overview HR-97-1, Feb 1, 1997
High-Risk Series: Quick Reference Guide HR-97-2, Feb 1, 1997
High-Risk Series: Defense Financial Management HR-97-3, Feb 1, 1997
High-Risk Series: Defense Contract Management HR-97-4, Feb 1, 1997
High-Risk Series: Defense Inventory Management HR-97-5, Feb 1, 1997
High-Risk Series: Defense Weapon Systems Acquisition HR-97-6, Feb 1, 1997
High-Risk Series: Defense Infrastructure HR-97-7, Feb 1, 1997
High-Risk Series: IRS Management HR-97-8, Feb 1, 1997
High-Risk Series: Information Management and Technology HR-97-9, Feb 1, 1997
High-Risk Series: Medicare HR-97-10, Feb 1, 1997
High-Risk Series: Student Financial Aid HR-97-11, Feb 1, 1997
High-Risk Series: Department of Housing and Urban Development HR-97-12, Feb 1, 1997
High-Risk Series: Department of Energy Contract Management HR-97-13, Feb 1, 1997
High-Risk Series: Superfund Program Management HR-97-14, Feb 1, 1997