Information Operations Contracts in Iraq
INSPECTOR GENERAL DEPT OF DEFENSE ARLINGTON VA
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This audit was requested by the Commander, U.S. Central Command. We also performed this audit pursuant to Public Law 110-181, The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008, section 842, Investigation of Waste, Fraud, and Abuse in Wartime Contracts and Contracting Processes in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our objective was to determine whether a series of contracts for Information Operations awarded by Multi-National Force-Iraq W91GDW-08-D- 4013, W91GDW-08-D-4014, W91GDW-08- D-4015, and W91GDW-08-D-4016 met Federal Acquisition Regulation requirements. We also determined whether this procurement satisfied user needs. What We Found The Joint Contracting Command-Iraq Afghanistan awarded indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts to four contractors in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation. However, the Joint Contracting Command-IraqAfghanistan combined psychological operations and public affairs requirements in one contract. Although we did not obtain any evidence that psychological operations were intended for a U.S. audience, the contract language did not clearly differentiate between psychological operations and public affairs, as required by doctrine, creating the appearance that psychological operations were associated with a U.S. audience. Overall, the contracting process resulted in a contract vehicle that was not optimal and may not meet initial psychological operations requirements or user needs. In addition, we determined that an internal control weakness exists in the oversight of the media services contracts. Specifically, the Joint Contracting Command-IraqAfghanistan did not prepare a Quality Assurance Surveillance Plan for these contracts, and our review of contract documentation did not find evidence that a Contracting Officers Representative was appointed.
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