Multiple Award Contracts for Services
INSPECTOR GENERAL DEPT OF DEFENSE ARLINGTON VA
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The audit was initiated to follow up on actions taken by the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics in response to Audit Report No. 99-116, DoD Use of Multiple Award Task Order Contracts. During that audit, we identified 66 of 124 task orders that were issued on a sole-source basis without providing contractors a fair opportunity to be considered. To determine the extent of the problem and the progress being made, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics requested that each Military Department identify 10 multiple award task order situations and provide specific information on each multiple award situation on a semiannual basis for 1 year ending June 30, 2000. Multiple award contracting allows the Government to procure goods and services quickly, using streamlined acquisition procedures while obtaining the advantage of competition. The intent of multiple award contracts is to award contracts to technically well-qualified contractors in order to sustain competition and obtain the best value on task orders throughout the contract period.
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