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GAO Reviews Strategic Sourcing of DoD, NASA, DHS IT Services

ITphotoAccording to a new Government Accountability Office report, NASA and the departments of Defense and Homeland Security used strategic sourcing programs to manage up to 44 percent of the agencies’ information technology investments during fiscal 2013.

NASA, DHS and DoD have also created offices and appointed officials to oversee those strategic sourcing efforts, GAO said Thursday.

However, the three agencies that GAO reviewed continue to obligate most of their IT funds through duplicative procurement contracts, the report noted.

GAO analyzed 30 IT service contracts issued by the three agencies in FY 2013 and found that the agencies implemented varying contractor labor rates for similar offerings.

GAO urged DoD, NASA and DHS to analyze their IT spending, establish budget goals and standardize labor categories as part of their strategic sourcing initiatives.

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