GAO says SARA implementation is too slow

As agency spending on services continues to heat up, the administration's commitment to helping contracting officers meet those demands is tepid, according to the Government Accountability Office.

The Services Acquisition Reform Act of 2002 ordered the administration to implement 14 different functions to improve agency services contracting.

GAO said 'progress made by the administration on regulations, guidance and other actions required to implement the act varies. While actions are under way to implement nearly all of the provisions, the administration is much further along in implementing some provisions than others.'

GAO said the Office of Personnel Management needs to complete its rule-making to let agencies directly hire workers to meet shortages. The Office of Federal Procurement Policy must finalize a rule on using time-and-materials contracting and rules giving agencies authority to use other transactions for R&D prototype projects.

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