Consolidation of contracting in field contracting activities in DoD
Hicks, Perry J.
Desbrow, Sandra M.
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This research reviews the current opportunity, due to the changes resulting from the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act (FASA), for the DoD to consolidate field contracting by region rather than by each Service at the installation level. The intent of this research is to look at past consolidations and the successes attained as a result of the consolidation. In addition, recent consolidations in areas other than contracting were analyzed for the savings yielded DoD. Questionnaires were sent to field contracting offices of all Services to determine the affect of FASA. The results of these surveys showed that there will be a significant change in the number of large contracts procured as a result of FASA, and there will be minimal impact on the simplified purchase threshold. Recommendations include: (1) Contracting offices should be consolidated into area DoD offices in order to maximize the efficiency of contracting at the field contracting level; (2) consolidation should be accomplished in coordination with the fielding of the Standard Procurement System over the next five years by DoD; and (3) simplified purchases should be left at the installation level with direct supervision by the district office.
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