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GAO: Government Procurement Agreements Must Streamline Transparency, Procedures

ContractSigningThe Government Accountability Office has called for a streamlining in the market access commitments of government procurement agreements.

GAO released a report on Tuesday that details the provisions and market access schedules of select international procurement agreements across six agreements in an effort to identify similarities and variations.

The report covers agreements such as the 1994 GPA and the 2014 revised GPA, NAFTA, the South Korea-FTA, the Colombia-FTA, and the Australia-FTA.

GAO found the World Trade Organization’s agreement on government procurement and other U.S. free trade agreements’ government procurement chapters contain similar text and commitments.

The government watchdog also concluded that a number of differences existed because of new technologies reflected in later agreements.

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