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."
Government Accountability Office: https://www.gao.gov/