GAO: OMB Misses Key Areas Needing Oversight

January 6, 2012

Office of Management and Budget officials overlooked two important types of support services contractors perform in recent oversight initiatives, according to the Government Accountability Office. The omission may pull agencies' attention away from where a lot of money is going, according to a new report.

OMB asked agencies to focus on a detailed list of professional and management support service codes as they balance the ratio of contractors to federal employees and also keep contractors away from sensitive work. However, officials left out the codes in the Federal Procurement Data System known as "Other Professional Services" and "Other Management Support Services." Together the codes made up 30 percent of spending on professional and management support service contracts in fiscal 2010, according to a GAO report released Jan. 6.

"OMB may have missed opportunities to address risks associated with two specific codes," the report states. 

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