Federal Contracting: Improvements Needed in How Some Agencies Report Personal Services Contracts

Federal Contracting:

Improvements Needed in How Some Agencies Report Personal Services Contracts

GAO-17-610: Published: Jul 27, 2017. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 2017.

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Contractors hired under personal services contracts operate like government employees. The federal government reported spending about $1.5 billion on personal services contracts for FYs 2011-2015. The Air Force, Army, Navy, and USAID together were responsible for most of this reported spending.

We found that USAID spent over $123 million on these contracts in FY 2015. However, we could not confirm how much DOD spent on them because the Air Force and Army did not record these contracts accurately in federal databases.

We recommended that the Air Force and Army take steps to ensure that personal services contracts are recorded accurately.

DOD Personal Services Contracts, FY 2014

Graphic showing numbers of FY2014 personal services contracts in two federal databases

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