GAO: Styles' office too slow

The General Accounting Office has chided the Office of Federal Procurement Policy for responding too slowly to its recommendations to ensure more competition on Federal Supply Service schedule buys.

David Cooper, director of GAO's Acquisition and Sourcing management office, said in a letter to OFPP Administrator Angela Styles that the delays were because of complications of other FSS issues, such as the dispute over the use of time and materials contracts to buy services.

Cooper said OFPP should issue guidance on competitive quotes and sole-source awards before resolving the other FSS concerns, because the regulations would immediately improve how agencies use the schedule.


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