Specialists are Hidden Treasures of Expertise, GAO says

August 11, 2011

In the middle of the acquisition process, federal officials would do well to hunt down specialists inside their agencies to tap their expertise in important areas of the drawn-out process, according to a new report.

The Government Accountability Office found some agencies used experts in the areas of business and cost and price analysis to guide in developing strong contract proposals. Agencies used the experts to support program officials with acquisition planning duties. Some agencies even hired specialists to get the knowledge.

Several agencies inside the Homeland Security Department used business specialists to assist program offices with acquisition planning tasks, which alleviates the burden on contracting officials, GAO wrote in the report released Aug. 9. 

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