Contract management at the Energy Department continues to be a significant challenge, says an Oct. 7, 2014 DOE inspector general report.
The DOE is the most contractor-dependent civilian agency in the federal government. It awards contracts, grants and other financial assistance to industrial companies, small businesses, academic institutions and nonprofit organizations.
About 90 percent of the DOE’s budget is spent through those contracting vehicles, the report says.
The Government Accountability Office has included the DOE on it’s high-risk list since 1990 because of inadequate contract oversight.
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