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GAO: Teamwork Seen as Key to DHS’ EAGLE II Small Business IT Program

partnershipThe Department of Homeland Security believes small businesses can increase their participation in the agency’s $22 billion information technology acquisition program through partnerships, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.

GAO said Wednesday that DHS has awarded $591 million in EAGLE II task orders as of March 2015 and nearly 94 percent of those orders went to small business teams.

The department has also adopted a methodology to assess operational efficiency and cost savings from the small business portion of the contract vehicle, the report states.

DHS procurement officials told GAO researchers that the department required prime contractors to appoint teaming coordinators to identify potential subcontractors.

GAO concluded that it believes DHS should also evaluate how the use of team coordinators and members helps the department meet its EAGLE II program goals.

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