GAO: Tracking of acquisition data needs work

The Office of Management and Budget must do more to ensure the reliability of federal procurement data, including reviewing agency procedures for collecting and reporting information to the Federal Procurement Data System, the General Accounting Office contends.

In a letter last month to OMB director Joshua B. Bolten, the audit agency said the new procurement data collection system the General Services Administration is implementing will correct many of the errors that plague the current system, but that more has to be done.

'In the long term, data reliability will improve as agencies fund and implement electronic contract writing systems,' wrote William Woods, GAO's director for acquisition and sourcing management. 'But not all agencies have done so.'

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