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Government’s blind spot: Interagency contracts
"Agencies are increasingly using each other’s contracts when buying goods and services. Purchases made through interagency contracts added up to $139 billion in 2004, or 40 percent of the government’s total procurement spending, according to a panel of experts looking for ways to reform the government’s procurement system.
The problem, however, say experts and government auditors, is there is little clarity in the rules for how they are to be used. What are the roles and responsibilities of agencies that negotiate and own the contracts? And what are those of the customer agency that is using another agency’s contract?
Those are the questions that procurement experts and administration officials are busily trying to answer and clarify right now."