The Nuclear Regulatory Commission's overall cost estimating procedures do not create reliable cost estimates, a recently released Dec. 12 Government Accountability Office report says. While some of the NRC's cost estimation procedures incorporate best practices, the agency isn't doing enough to make sure the cost estimates are accurate, the report says.
The General Services Administration will be able to offer its third iteration of the office supplies strategic sourcing contract again after the last of its bid protests was denied Wednesday.
The Patent and Trademark Office didn't follow best practices when monitoring its time-and-materials contracts for the amount of work done by a contractor, says a Dec. 3 Commerce Department inspector general report. The IG reviewed (pdf) 103 contracts worth $35.4 million and found that contracts $24.6 million lacked the proper oversight to determine whether payments made to the contractors were warranted.
Office of Federal Procurement Policy Administrator Anne Rung laid out a three point plan to improve the federal procurement process, including buying certain products governmentwide, in a Dec. 4 memo. Rung says in the memo (pdf) that there is a "critical need" for a new way of purchasing that moves from managing purchases individually across thousands of contracts to managing entire categories of common purchases governmentwide.
The Project on Government Oversight criticized the Defense Department for not being able to bring service contract spending under control. In a Nov. 25 letter (pdf) to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, POGO charged the DoD with hindering efforts to reign in its service contract spending.
The amount of money that the Veterans Health Administration pays for its support services more than doubled between fiscal years 2012 and 2013, according to a recent Veterans Affairs Department inspector general report.
The government panel that reviews federal rules and how they affect small businesses is manipulated by trade associations, a Nov. 12 Center for Effective Government report says. Three federal agencies are required to convene a small business review panel any time the govenrment plans to issue a rule that could have a significant economic impact on small businesses.
The Defense Department didn't follow an oversight rule for most of the cost-reimbursement contracts reviewed in a recent audit and could have overpaid for the acquisitions, says a Nov. 7 DoD inspector general report. The IG reviewed 604 contracts valued at $82.7 billion in total to see if they followed a Federal Acquisition Regulation rule finalized in 2012 that is meant to add layers to the oversight of cost-reimbursement contracts.
More than $1.9 million in acquisitions by the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board are at risk because the agency's managers did not approve them, says a recently released Environmental Protection Agency report.
The Defense Contract Audit Agency, which provides audit and financial advisory services to the Defense Department, hasn't advised contracting officers on proper cost and pricing data, according to a recently released report from DoD's inspector general.