Industry Wants Agencies in Control, Not Mandates

April 30, 2012

A conglomeration of industry groups urged Congress to leave many contracting decisions to the discretion of the agency by avoiding blanket mandates.

"The government should have the discretion and the authority to manage its acquisition process in a way that best meets the needs of the taxpayer," the Acquisition Reform Working Group wrote in a report April 10, regarding its legislative priorities for the year. Whether its a decision on what type of contract to offer or to suspend a contractor, the decision needs to be left to agencies, the organization believes.

For instance, the group has concerns about limiting agencies use of cost-type, or cost-reimbursement, contracts while placing an emphasis on fixed-price contracts. Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) Defense Cost-Type Contracting Reform Act (S. 1694) would prohibit the Defense Department from entering into cost-type contracts for the production of certain major defense acquisition programs.

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