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GAO: Pentagon Met FY 2013 Acquisition Guidance in Selecting Best Value Processes

ContractSigningThe Government Accountability Office has reviewed the factors the Defense Department used when it selected the best value processes to assess a vendor’s proposal in fiscal year 2013.

GAO evaluated 183 sample contracts out of 2,851 new contracts, each worth at least $1 million awarded in fiscal 2013, the office said Wednesday.

DoD used the tradeoff and lowest price technically acceptable processes for nearly 93 percent of those contracts by factoring in requirement descriptions and knowledge of potential contractors based on 16 case studies that GAO conducted.

DoD procured services with a liability of more than $1 million using the tradeoff process and commercial products by using the LPTA process for high-obligation contracts.

Auditors found that DoD acquired both products and services by using the LPTA process for contracts with lower obligations while the department used LPTA more often for contracts with $25 million in obligations.

GAO concluded that the factors used by DoD in choosing the best value processes satisfied the Federal Acquisition Regulation guidance and the department’s source selection procedures.

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