Accession Number : ADA308203

Title :   Acquisition Reform: Efforts to Reduce the Cost to Manage and Oversee DoD Contracts.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL A FFAIRS DIV

PDF Url : ADA308203

Report Date : APR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 14

Abstract : The Department of Defense (DOD) contracted with the management consulting firm of Coopers and Lybrand to study the impact of DOD'S acquisition regulations and oversight requirements on its contractors. In its December 1994 report, The DOD Regulatory Cost Premium: A Quantitative Assessment, Coopers and Lybrand identified over 120 regulatory and statutory 'cost drivers' that, according to the contractors surveyed, increase the price DOD pays for goods and services by 18 percent. As directed by section 363 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1996 (P. L. 104-106), we reviewed DOD'S efforts to address the cost drivers. Specifically, we developed information on (1) DOD'S initiatives to reduce the impact of the cost drivers and (2) the extent to which cost reductions have resulted from DOD'S initiatives. We limited our review to the top 10 cost drivers, which accounted for nearly 50 percent of the cost premium identified in the Coopers and Lybrand study.

Descriptors :   *CONTRACTS, *CONFIGURATION MANAGEMENT, *OVERSEAS, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, ACQUISITION, REDUCTION, COSTS, REGULATIONS, NATIONAL DEFENSE, FINANCE, FEDERAL BUDGETS.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE