Improvements Needed in U.S. Special Operations Command Global Battlestaff and Program Support Contract Oversight
OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL (DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE) ALEXANDRIA VA
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This report focuses on the U.S. Special Operations Command USSOCOM Global Battlestaff and Program Support GBPS contract. For this audit, we determined whether USSOCOM properly administered task orders awarded under the GBPS contract, valued at approximately 231 million, as of November 16, 2011. USSOCOM contracting officers did not properly administer GBPS task orders in accordance with Federal guidance. For the 28 task orders reviewed, contracting officers awarded 26 task orders with unclear requirements, 24 task orders that did not always have measureable outcomes, 9 task orders that may have included inherently governmental duties, and 24 task orders with elements of a personal services contract. This occurred because contracting officers did not ensure task order terms complied with Federal Acquisition Regulation requirements to include clear, specific, and objective terms with measurable outcomes or review task orders for inherently governmental functions and elements of a personal services contract. USSOCOM personnel preferred unclear task order requirements to maintain flexibility and to support emerging tasks. In addition, contracting officers did not adequately support determinations of fair and reasonable pricing for 20 modifications, totaling approximately 38.8 million, as required by Federal guidance. Contracting officers stated that time constraints prevented them from documenting their reviews of fair and reasonableness price analyses. Further, contracting officers did not validate that contractors were entitled to approximately 50.9 million paid on task orders. Specifically, contracting officers did not verify that contractor services were performed or that services received from the contractor met contract requirements before certifying invoices for payment. This occurred because contracting officers approved scheduled interval payments on an exception basis without validating services were received and conformed to contract requirements.
- Administration and Management
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- Military Forces and Organizations