Agency Actions Address Key Management Challenges, but Additional Steps Needed to Ensure Consistent Implementation of Policy Changes

January 29, 2013

Both OFPP and GSA have implemented corrective actions to address the key interagency contracting issues identified in our 2010 report regarding the creation, use, and oversight of interagency contracts. Specifically, OFPP has developed a policy framework for the establishment and oversight of interagency contract vehicles, which focuses on ensuring that new interagency contracts demonstrate value through a sound business case. In response to our concerns regarding the lack of data to leverage, manage, and oversee these contracts, OFPP has taken steps to enhance the functionality of a database that provides information on interagency contracts. These actions are intended to make it easier for agency buyers to perform market research and improve the information available to OFPP on the use of these contracts. GSA also has initiated several efforts to improve the availability and use of pricing data on its Multiple Award Schedules program, a key interagency contract vehicle, with the goal of improving the ability of GSA and its customers to get better prices.

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