Accession Number : ADA316024

Title :   Acquisition Reform: The Government's Market Research Efforts.

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

PDF Url : ADA316024

Report Date : 11 OCT 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 32

Abstract : In accordance with section 8305 of the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994 (FASA, P.L. 103-355), the General Accounting Office (GAO) reviewed the government's use of market research. Market research is the process used to collect and analyze data about capabilities in the market that could satisfy an agency's procurement needs. Specifically, GAO was required to (1) review existing federal government market research efforts regarding commercial items and nondevelopmental items (NDI) and (2) review the feasibility of creating a government-wide database for storing, retrieving, and analyzing market data. For purposes of GAO's review, the term 'existing market research efforts' includes (1) efforts/practices used for selected contracts awarded during our review and for associated acquisition requirements, which often occurred a year or more earlier and (2) efforts/practices used to implement FASA requirements. As such, the term includes market research done both prior to and after the regulations implementing FASA'S market research requirements became mandatory for use, December 1,1995 (referred to as pre-FASA and post-FASA practices, respectively). To determine market research efforts, GAO reviewed 21 contracts that were awarded by some of the major federal buying agencies identified in the Federal Procurement Data System. These contracts are not intended to represent a scientific sample. For each contract, GAO also reviewed available market research information on the acquisition requirements. GAO also obtained from government procurement officials and industry procurement officials their views on the feasibility of creating a government-wide database for storing, retrieving, and analyzing market data.

Descriptors :   *UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, *MARKET RESEARCH, *GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT, *OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS, *DATA ACQUISITION, DATA BASES, REQUIREMENTS, INDUSTRIES, COMMERCE, ACQUISITION, INFORMATION SYSTEMS, RESEARCH MANAGEMENT.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE