GAO: DCMA Hampered by Contingency Contracting, DCAA

November 16, 2011

For most of the past decade, the Defense Contract Management Agency shed staff and decentralized its approach to managing the Defense Department's contracts — all while DoD contract spending skyrocketed.

The Government Accountability Office examined how DCMA, which has added staff and pivoted in strategy the last few years, is now prepared to meet its mission.

The GAO report documented a lost-in-the-wilderness period for the agency.

"As the workforce declined, the agency experienced significant erosion of expertise in some areas, such as the cost and pricing function, such that it could not fulfill all of its oversight functions," auditors stated in the report. 

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