Defense Contractors: Additional Actions Needed to Facilitate the Use of DOD's Inventory of Contracted Services
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Why GAO Did This Study. DOD is the government s largest purchaser of contractor-provided services. In 2008, Congress required DOD to compile and review an annual inventory of its contracted services to include the number of contractors providing services to DOD and the functions these contractors performed, and in 2011, amended this statute to require DOD to plan to use that inventory to inform certain departmentwide decision making processes. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 mandated GAO to report on the required reviews and plans to use these inventories. For this report, GAO assessed the extent to which DOD components 1 reviewed contracts and activities in the fiscal year 2012 inventory of contracted services and 2 developed plans to use the inventory for decision-making. GAO reviewed relevant laws and guidance, reviewed component certification letters from 32 components, and interviewed DOD acquisition, manpower, programming, and budgeting officials. What GAO Recommends. GAO recommends DOD revise inventory guidance to improve the review of contract functions, approve a plan of action with milestones and timeframes to establish a common data system to collect contractor manpower data, and designate a senior management official at the military departments to develop plans to use inventory data to inform management decisions. DOD concurred with GAO s recommendations.
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