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Main Title EPA Can Improve the Awarding of Noncompetitive Contracts. Audit Report.
CORP Author Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC. Office of the Inspector General.
Year Published 2008
Report Number EPA-08-P-0186
Stock Number PB2008-114305
Additional Subjects Audits ; Noncompetitive contracts ; Compliance ; Requirements ; Achievements ; Internal controls ; Competition limits ; Recommendations ; Monetary benefits ; Market research ; Federal government agencies ; Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ; Office of Inspector General (OIG) ; Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) ; Justification for Other than Full and Open Competition(JOFOC)
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NTIS  PB2008-114305 Most EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. Check with individual libraries about paper copy. 03/10/2010
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While EPAs most recent competition report made several recommendations to strengthen EPAs competition practices, additional measures would help to further improve compliance with the FAR and EPA policy. For example, we identified Justifications for Other than Full and Open Competition (JOFOCs) that were not approved at the appropriate level, including two of seven that were not approved by the Competition Advocate. Eight of 15 JOFOCs we reviewed were not prepared in accordance with federal requirements. FAR Part 6 establishes the approval requirements for JOFOCs and identifies their required elements. These issues occurred because either EPA did not have effective internal controls, or because existing controls were not followed. Without the required approvals for the JOFOCs and without the required elements, EPA increases the risk that inappropriate sole source procurements will be awarded. We also identified two noncompetitive procurements in which market research could have been improved. FAR Part 10 requires federal agencies to conduct market research appropriate to the circumstances. Improved market research may lead to competitive acquisitions, allowing potential offerors the opportunity to compete for contracts. By increasing competition, the government saves taxpayer money, improves contractor performance, and curbs fraud.