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DOD UTILITIES PRIVATIZATION: Improved Data Collection and Lessons Learned Archive Could Help Reduce Time to Award Contracts

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Technical Report

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United States Government Accountability Office Washington United States

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Since 1988, military departments have privatized utility systemssuch as electricity, water, natural gas, and wastewateron military installations. DOD awards privatized utility services contracts to companies who upgrade, maintain, and operate the systems. Members of Congress and stakeholders have expressed concerns over the length of time it takes to award these contracts. DOD has a goal of reducing the time frames. A House committee asked GAO to review DODs utilities privatization. This report examines 1 the length of time to award contracts for privatized utility services, and 2 the extent to which DOD is demonstrating leading practices to collect and disseminate lessons learned. GAO reviewed data on all 21 new utility services contracts awarded from fiscal years 2016 through 2018 compared DODs lessons learned activities with GAOs leading practices and interviewed DOD and utility company officials. GAO recommends that 1 DOD and the military departments collect information on the time to complete key steps when awarding these contracts, and 2 DOD develop a mechanism to store and archive lessons learned from across the department. DOD partially concurred with both recommendations, noting that it would be beneficial to expand the actions GAO had recommended. GAO agrees that such an expansion would be helpful in efforts to collect more data.

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  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Administration and Management

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