Signs of Friction in Contractor-Government Relations

February 23, 2012

Contractor relationships with federal auditors and contracting officers deteriorated somewhat during the past year as government agencies scaled back programs in an effort to reduce the budget deficit, according to a recent survey.

A separate study released Thursday found that large companies were securing a high percentage of federal contracts set aside for small businesses. In the 17th Annual Government Contractor Industry Survey released Monday by Grant Thornton LLP, contractor relationships with auditors were rated either fair or poor by 19 percent of surveyed companies, up from 11 percent the previous year. Relationships with contracting officers were rated fair or poor by 10 percent of respondents, double the previous year's total.

Only 22 percent of respondents said the government resolved contract disputes efficiently, a drop from previous surveys. 

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