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Fixed-Price-Incentive Contracts: DOD has Increased Their Use but Should Assess Contributions to Outcomes

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[Technical Report, Congressional Report]

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DOD spends billions of dollars annually using fixed-price type contracts to acquire its MDAPs, among other things. In 2010, DODs Better Buying Power guidance encouraged the use of FPI contracts as a way to obtain greater efficiency and productivity in defense spending. Congress included a provision in statute for GAO to report on DODs use of fixed-price type contracts, including FPI. This report examines 1 the extent to which DOD has awarded FPI contracts associated with MDAPs from fiscal years 2010 through 2019, and 2 the factors that influenced DODs decision to use FPI contracts and the extent to which DOD assesses their use, among other objectives. GAO analyzed government contracting data by contract type for fiscal years 2010 through 2019 on contracts for 101 MDAPs. GAO further analyzed a non-generalizable sample of 12 contracts including six FPI and six firm fixed-price two of each type from each of the three military departments conducted file reviews reviewed policy documentation and interviewed DOD officials.

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  • Administration and Management
  • Government and Political Science

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[A, Approved For Public Release]