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Information Technology: Selected Federal Agencies Need to Take Additional Actions to Reduce Contract Duplication

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[Technical Report, Congressional Report]

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Given that the federal government spends over 90 billion annually on IT, it is important that agencies avoid spending on duplicative contracts. Such duplication can occur, for example, when an agency awards two or more contracts to the same vendor for the same services. Category managementin which spending is managed by categories such as ITand analyses of agency spending on products and services called spend analyses have been recognized as effective practices for identifying duplicative contracts. GAO was asked to review agencies efforts to reduce IT contract duplication. GAO determined the extent to which 1 selected agencies efforts to prevent, identify, and reduce duplicative or wasteful IT contracts were consistent with OMB guidance and 2 these efforts were informed by spend analyses. GAO compared relevant documentation from seven federal agencies with the most IT spending and new contracts to five activities identified in OMB guidance and two spend analyses activities identified in guidance. GAO rated each agency as having fully, partially, or not implemented each activity.

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  • Administration and Management
  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Government and Political Science

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[A, Approved For Public Release]