Accession Number:

ADA499289

Title:

FY 2007 DoD Purchases Made Through the National Institutes of Health

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

INSPECTOR GENERAL DEPT OF DEFENSE ARLINGTON VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2009-03-24

Pagination or Media Count:

106.0

Abstract:

In accordance with the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2007, we reviewed DoD purchases made using National Institutes of Health NIH contracts. We reviewed 34 direct acquisitions valued at 221.0 million and 6 assisted acquisitions valued at 280.0 million. DoD contracting officers continued to provide insufficient competition and inadequate documentation for direct acquisitions of goods. Also, DoD contracting officers and contracting officers representatives provided inadequate contract surveillance. For assisted acquisitions, DoD program and NIH contracting officials 1 favored the incumbent contractor, 2 did not verify price reasonableness, 3 awarded a task order for a requirement too large to be managed as a single task order, and 4 did not accept a contractors proposal to reduce the price of a task order. In addition, DoD, NIH, and General Services Administration officials misused funds, causing potential funding violations. We identified internal control weaknesses in the justification for using non-DoD contracts. Still, DoD and NIH officials have improved some interagency practices. NIH discontinued advance funding. DoD and NIH signed a memorandum of agreement outlining the responsibilities of each party. We believe that these steps will improve the NIH acquisition process And that DoD should continue using NIH to purchase goods and services.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE