Accession Number:

ADA523488

Title:

Contracting Strategies: Better Data and Management Needed to Leverage Value of Interagency and Enterprisewide Contracts

Descriptive Note:

Congressional testimony

Corporate Author:

GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC

Report Date:

2010-06-30

Pagination or Media Count:

23.0

Abstract:

Agencies can use several different types of contracts to leverage the governments buying power for goods and services. These include interagency contracts -- where one agency uses anothers contract for its own needs -- such as the General Services Administration GSA and the Department of Veterans Affairs multiple award schedule MAS contracts, multiagency contracts MAC for a wide range of goods and services, and governmentwide acquisition contracts GWAC for information technology. Agencies spent at least 60 billion in fiscal year 2008 through these contracts and similar single-agency enterprisewide contracts. GAO was asked to testify on the management and oversight of interagency contracts, and how the government can ensure that interagency contracting is efficient and transparent. GAOs testimony is based on its recent report, Contracting Strategies Data and Oversight Problems Hamper Opportunities to Leverage Value of Interagency and Enterprisewide Contracts GAO-10-367, April 2010. In that report, GAO made recommendations to the Office of Management and Budget OMB to strengthen policy, improve data, and better coordinate agencies awards of MACs and enterprisewide contracts, and to GSA to improve MAS program pricing and management. Both agencies concurred with GAOs recommendations.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE