Internal Watchdog Takes EPA To Task Over Contract Costs

Law360, New York (March 8, 2012, 8:39 PM EST) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency failed to comply with several key revisions to the Federal Acquisition Regulation concerning firm-fixed-price contracts designed to cut excessive government spending, according to a report issued Tuesday by the agency's Office of Inspector General.

The FAR revisions require agencies to develop acquisition plans and discuss resources necessary to award and manage cost-reimbursement projects, but the EPA's contract files lacked an acquisition plan and did not document any considerations about establishing contracts on a firm-fixed-price basis in order to minimize costs, the...
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