The Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General (DoD IG) recently published a nonstatistical sample of 14 Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) IT service contracts, valued at $72 million.
The report presented the IG’s findings with respect to the question of whether DCMA properly awarded and administered the contracts. DoD IG found that for 11 of the 14 IT service contracts reviewed, valued at $61 million, DCMA contracting officials did not properly award the contracts.
The IG concluded that DoD awarded $56.4 million in IT services on contracts with poorly defined or nonexistent performance work statements, risking that the services may not meet the performance needs required to successfully execute the DCMA mission.
The problems encountered included:
- Failure to properly define requirements that included measurable performance standards for 8 contracts;
- Failure to develop an acquisition plan for one contract;
- Failure to submit offers for two contracts awarded through the 8(a) program for Small Business Association (SBA) acceptances; and
- Using flexible ordering agreements to award five of the 14 contracts, which violated Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) system requirements.
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