Risky Business: Managing Interagency Acquisition
6 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2005 Last revised: 31 May 2012
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
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