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Risky Business: Managing Interagency Acquisition

6 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2005 Last revised: 31 May 2012

Steven L. Schooner

George Washington University - Law School

Date Written: 2005


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.

Keywords: interagency acquisition, task and delivery orders, contract management

JEL Classification: H57, K12, K23

Suggested Citation

Schooner, Steven L., Risky Business: Managing Interagency Acquisition (2005). The Government Contractor, Vol. 47, No. 14, 2005; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 138; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 138. Available at SSRN:

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