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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Performance of the Defense Acquisition System: 2016 Annual Report

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Govt Procurement,Statistics

Includes background material on spending levels and trends, analyzes performance outcomes from various perspectives, discusses factors behind cost growth, and concludes with information about contract bid-protest rates and trends in improving contractor audits.  From the Under Secretary of Defense, Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics


The Open Government Partnership: Announcing New Open Government Initiatives

Categories: Foreign Assistance,Govt Processes/Organization,Govt Procurement,Telecommunications/Internet

Announces several new initiatives to those already introduced with the Third Open Government National Action Plan in October 2015.  Among the new initiatives: supporting global Internet connectivity, open contracting, harnessing the data revolution for sustainable development, and promoting greater transparency in delivery of foreign assistance.  From the White House, posted by the Federation of American Scientists.


Development and Management of State Contracts in Virginia

Categories: Govt Finance,Govt Procurement,Virginia Issues

Finds that 10% of contracts analyzed fell significantly short of meeting agency expectations and almost two-thirds were slightly behind schedule, over budget, or did not meet agency needs.  From the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission


The National Football League’s Attempt to Influence Funding Decisions at the National Institutes of Health

Categories: Athletics/Exercise,Govt Procurement,Headlines,Health/Medical,Lobbying,Mental Health

Reports on the outcome of an investigation by Democratic Congressional staff members on alleged interference by the National Football League in attempting to influence the selection of research applicants for federal brain research funding.  From the Minority Staff of the House Energy and Commerce Committee


Defense Spending by State: Fiscal Year 2014

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Govt Procurement,Headlines,Statistics,Virginia Issues

Provides figures for U.S. defense spending in FY 2014 at the state and local levels. The report covers spending on payroll and contracts. Virginia captured the top spot for both the total amount of DoD expenditures and for the highest percentage of state GDP attributed to DoD spending.   From the Office of Economic Adjustment of the Department of Defense


Selected Legal Mechanisms Whereby the Government Can Hold Contractors Accountable for Failure to Perform or Other Misconduct

Categories: Govt Procurement,Laws/Regulations

Provides an overview of measures that the federal government could use in penalizing contractors for failing to meet their contractual responsibilities. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


The Intelligence Community and Its Use of Contractors: Congressional Oversight Issues

Categories: Govt Finance,Govt Procurement,Spying/Intelligence

Examines the use, size, and cost of the contractors who work with the U.S. intelligence community and the effectiveness of the oversight exercised by the agencies and Congress.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Federal Spending on Information Products and Services from FY 1979 Through FY 2015 Q2

Categories: Govt Finance,Govt Procurement

Examines the federal government’s procurement of books, electronic databases, and other information products and services and analyzes potential savings that could be achieved if federal agencies procured these products collectively.  From the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress


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