GAO: USDA not Tracking Contractor Performance

- October 30, 2014 9:06 AM | Categories: Governance

The GAO has dinged the USDA Departmental Management, the Food and Nutrition Service and the Forest Service for failing to follow federal regulations, agency policy and OMB guidance when it comes to selecting professional services contracts. For about two-thirds (about $783 million) of the funds obligated to contracts for professional services in fiscal years 2009 through 2013, the agencies failed to use performance-based contracts and firm-fixed-price contracts. The report is fairly damning, as the GAO notes that for the 15 contracts reviewed, contractor assessments had not been completed because the agencies had not emphasized the importance of doing so. As […]

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Can 18F Take Its Lessons to the Marketplace?

- October 29, 2014 10:24 AM | Categories: Governance

Yesterday, I wrote a short piece, highlighting a couple of initiatives in the federal government that are trying to facilitate IT development. Stan Soloway, president of the Professional Services Council, had some interesting things to say about it. And because we are, if nothing else, a forum for thoughts on public spend, I thought it was worth pulling out his comments and giving them their own space to breathe. Below are Stan Soloway’s thoughts on 18F: I’d be much more impressed with and confident in 18F if it was more than an alternative delivery method. The work they are doing […]

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