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Transforming wartime contracting : controlling costs, reducing risks : final report to Congress : findings and recommendations for legislative and policy changes

Author: Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan (U.S.)
Publisher: Arlington, VA : Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan, [2011]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : National government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Over the past decade, America's military and federal-civilian employees, as well as contractors, have performed vital and dangerous tasks in Iraq and Afghanistan. Contractors' support however, has been unnecessarily costly, and has been plagued by high levels of waste and fraud. The United States will not be able to conduct large or sustained contingency operations without heavy contractor support. Avoiding a  Read more...
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United States. Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Transforming wartime contracting
(OCoLC)754656084
Material Type: Document, Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan (U.S.)
OCLC Number: 748574534
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2011. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (240 pages) : color illustrations
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Agencies over-rely on contractors for contingency operations --
"Inherently governmental" rules do not guide appropriate use of contractors in contingencies --
Inattention to contingency contracting leads to massive waste, fraud, and abuse --
Looming sustainment costs risk massive new waste --
Agencies have not institutionalized acquisition as a core function --
Agency structures and authorities prevent effective interagency coordination --
Contract competition, management, and enforcement are ineffective --
The way forward demands major reforms.
Responsibility: Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Over the past decade, America's military and federal-civilian employees, as well as contractors, have performed vital and dangerous tasks in Iraq and Afghanistan. Contractors' support however, has been unnecessarily costly, and has been plagued by high levels of waste and fraud. The United States will not be able to conduct large or sustained contingency operations without heavy contractor support. Avoiding a repetition of the waste, fraud, and abuse seen in Iraq and Afghanistan requires either a great increase in agencies' ability to perform core tasks and to manage contracts effectively, or a disciplined reconsideration of plans and commitments that would require intense use of contractors. Failure by Congress and the Executive Branch to heed a decade's lessons on contingency contracting from Iraq and Afghanistan will not avert new contingencies. It will only ensure that additional billions of dollars of waste will occur and that U.S. objectives and standing in the world will suffer. Worse still, lives will be lost because of waste and mismanagement.

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