The Government Accountability Office says a haphazard Defense Department review of nearly $200 billion of annual contracted services makes it impossible to determine whether corrective actions were taken in cases where contractors were doing work government employees should be performing.
To correct the problem, the GAO recommended in its report (.pdf) that the defense secretary direct the leaders of all military components to include all the required elements in their letters and certify the methodology and results of their contracted services inventory review. GAO said those letters also should include how the components resolved instances in which contractors were performing work that should have been done by DoD employees.
The Defense Department concurred with the findings but disagreed the defense secretary needed to be involved. The Pentagon also disagreed that components should still report how they resolved cases in which contractors performed governmental or unauthorized personal services, saying they would rather focus on current and future reviews.