DOD Inventory of Contracted Services: Timely Decisions and Further Actions Needed to Address Long-Standing Issues

DOD Inventory of Contracted Services: Timely Decisions and Further Actions Needed to Address Long-Standing Issues

GAO-17-17: Published: Oct 31, 2016. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 2016.

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DOD spent around $150 billion last year on contracts for services provided by engineers, researchers, technicians, landscapers and janitors, to name a few. So DOD should know exactly how many service contractors it has and exactly what they do—information that is crucial for making workforce and budget decisions.

Congress requires DOD to compile and review an annual inventory of its service contracts, and to use that information to make decisions. Yet, DOD has delayed taking steps to ensure that the inventory data are reliable and accurate—making it difficult to use the information as required.

Timeline of Major Inventory of Contracted Services Efforts

Timeline showing DOD mandated to create inventory in 2008 and use data from contractors in 2011.

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