DOD IG Report May Reveal a Need for Self-Policing

October 30, 2012

A new Defense Department inspector general report may have exposed a potential need for a self-policing system to keep task order competitions impartial, a procurement expert wrote Oct. 29.

Contracting officers at the Specialty Center Acquisition at the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, a part of NAVFAC Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center, generally provided companies a fair opportunity to compete for task orders on a multiple-award contract (MAC), the Defense Department’s inspector general concluded in a report released Oct. 27. The IG’s office audited 20 task orders for services valued at $101.2 million on four separate MACs. However, auditors found the officers limited competition for two task orders by not sending out solicitations or notice of changes made to the solicitations. The IG wrote, the officers “believed that they had the authority to exclude contractors from receiving the solicitation.”

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