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Contract Management: DOD Developed Draft Guidance for Operational Contract Support but Has Not Met All Legislative Requirements
Contract Management: DOD Developed Draft Guidance

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By Gary J. Motsek (au)
Year: 2008
Pages: 34
Binding Paperback

Product Code: 1437911919

The U.S. military has long used contractors to provide supplies and services to deployed U.S. forces as well as for post-conflict support. The Dept. of Defense's (DOD) use of contractors has grown significantly. Challenges that DOD faces when managing operational contract support include a failure to adequately plan for the use of contractors, poorly defined or changing requirements, a lack of deployable contracting personnel with contingency contracting experience, and difficulties in coordinating contracts and contractor mgt. across military services in joint contingency environments. Furthermore, as GAO has previously reported, DOD has not provided a sufficient number of trained contract oversight and mgt. personnel in contingency operations, and visibility of contracting activities and contractors has been limited. As GAO has testified, problems associated with DOD's inability to overcome these challenges have resulted in higher costs, schedule delays, unmet goals, and negative operational impacts. To respond to these concerns, Congress enacted an amendment to title 10 of the U.S. Code adding section 2333, which directed the Sec. of Defense in consultation with the Chmn. of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to develop joint policies by April 2008 for requirements definition, contingency program mgt., and contingency contracting during combat and post-conflict operations. In Jan. 2008, the Nat. Defense Authorization Act for FY 2008, hereafter referred to as the NDAA FY08, amended section 2333 to add a new subparagraph directing that these joint policies provide for training of military personnel outside the acquisition workforce who are expected to have acquisition responsibilities including oversight of contracts or contractors during combat operations, post-conflict operations and contingency operations. Additionally, NDAA FY08 directed GAO to review DOD's joint policies and determine the extent to which those policies and the implementation of such policies comply with the requirements of section 2333 of title 10 of the U.S. Code. The objectives of this GAO report were to determine the extent to which (1) DOD has complied with section 2333 of title 10 of the U.S. Code to develop joint policies for (a) requirements definition, (b) contingency program mgt., (c) contingency contracting, and (d) training for personnel outside the acquisition workforce; and (2) DOD has implemented these joint policies. Illus.

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