GAO: DoD Policy for Reporting Top-Secret Procurements Unclear

January 19, 2012

Contracting competition is critical at the Defense Department. But top-secret contracts can, obviously, make competition more challenging.

The Government Accountability Office recently reviewed how the Pentagon used the national-security exception when it awarded contracts without full and open competition. National security only accounts for about 2 percent of such exceptions, according to the GAO report. However the auditors found gaps in procurement data limited their ability to determine a full portrait of DoD use.

Belva Martin, the director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at GAO, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the findings of the latest report. 

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