Risky Business: Managing Interagency Acquisition
Steven L. Schooner
George Washington University - Law School
The Government Contractor, Vol. 47, No. 14, 2005
GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 138
GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 138
This brief piece applauds the Government Accountability Office (GAO) for adding the management of interagency contracting to its High Risk List. It suggests that interagency acquisition, the poster child for the flexible, streamlined, businesslike approach of the 1990's acquisition reform movement, has become the federal procurement system's Achilles heel. It recommends that the government needs more qualified professionals to proactively craft results-oriented contracts and to manage effectively contractors' performance. Finally it suggests commencing a meaningful conversation about the appropriate role of businesslike models, generally, and fees, specifically, in governance.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 6
Keywords: interagency acquisition, task and delivery orders, contract management
JEL Classification: H57, K12, K23
Date posted: April 12, 2005 ; Last revised: May 31, 2012
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