Appointments Generally Conform to Legislative Requirements, but Agencies Need to Clearly Define Roles and Responsibilities

July 27, 2012

What GAO Found

Most agencies have appointed Chief Acquisition Officers (CAO) in accordance with two of the three key requirements in the Services Acquisition Reform Act of 2003 (SARA): that the CAOs be political appointees and have agency Senior Procurement Executives report directly to them. However, few CAOs have acquisition management as their primary duty; other areas of responsibility included financial, information, and human capital management.

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