ABSTRACT

Federal Research Centers: Revising DOD Oversight Policy Could Assure Access to Performance and Effectiveness Information, Report to Congressional Committees   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the GAO [Government Accountability Office] Highlights: "FFRDCs [Federally Funded Research and Development Centers] are intended to meet DOD's long-term research and development needs that cannot be met effectively by the department or private sector alone. DOD historically awards FFRDC contracts on a sole-source basis (i.e., noncompetitively). Some industry representatives have raised questions about this approach, stating that others could provide similar support to DOD. An explanatory statement included a provision for GAO to review DOD-sponsored FFRDCs. This report describes the analyses DOD conducts to justify the award of sole-source FFRDC contracts, and assesses the extent to which DOD oversight includes an evaluation of FFRDC performance and effectiveness. GAO reviewed relevant federal and defense regulations, documents, and guidance; interviewed relevant officials; and analyzed contracting documents."

Report Number:
GAO-22-105278
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Date:
2022-07
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Public Domain
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Government Accountability Office: https://www.gao.gov/
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pdf
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