GAO Questions Metrics of Training Effectiveness for Contracting Staffs

April 16, 2013

The federal government spends tens of millions of dollars to train contracting officials each year, but agencies don’t always know whether all the coursework is making a difference, the Government Accountability Office said in a report Tuesday.

GAO found that while agencies do obtain training for contracting officials to meet federal certification requirements, efforts vary widely across government and some agencies have no metrics to measure improved skills or agency performance.

GAO undertook the review citing the billions of dollars in contracts that procurement officials oversee each year and the need to keep the acquisition workforce well trained. The Office of Management and Budget has certification requirements for contracting staff, contracting officer’s representatives and program and project managers.

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