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Contingency Contracting: Improvements Needed in Management of Contractors Supporting Contract and Grant Administration in Iraq and Afghanistan

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Technical Report

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United States Government Accountability Office Washington United States

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The Departments of Defense DOD and State and the U.S. Agency for International Development USAID have relied extensively on contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan, including using contractors to help administer other contracts or grants. Relying on contractors to perform such functions can provide benefits but also introduces potential risks, such as conflicts of interest, that should be considered and managed. Pursuant to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008, GAO reviewed 1 the extent to which DOD, State, and USAID rely on contractors to perform contract and grant administration in Iraq and Afghanistan 2 the reasons behind decisions to use such contractors and whether the decisions are guided by strategic workforce planning and 3 whether agencies considered and mitigated related risks. GAO analyzed relevant federal and agency policies and agency contract data, and conducted file reviews and interviews for 32 contracts selected for case studies.

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  • Administration and Management
  • Government and Political Science
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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