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GAO’s Ralph White: Most Federal Acquisition Programs Fall Within Legal Boundaries

acquisition policyRalph White, managing associate general counsel for procurement law at the Government Accountability Office, said the GAO has found agencies comply with regulations when they implement the majority of their acquisition initiatives, Federal News Radio reported Friday.

Jason Miller writes White added the number of contractor protests for task and delivery orders awarded under government contract vehicles has remained flat over the past seven years.

“There is about a one-in-five chance of a protest filed with GAO going to a decision on the merits — meaning getting sustained or denied,” White told Federal News Radio.

“The other situation is that four out of five are getting dismissed, meaning we are not going to the merits.”

White noted in the interview that GAO dismissed more than 1,100 of approximately 2,600 bid protests filed by contractors during fiscal 2015 after procuring agencies took corrective action.

Research showed agencies bought more goods and services through General Services Administration-run contract vehicles this year that they did in 2014, Miller reports.

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