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Subject: Government Accountability Office (GAO) High Risk Area: Contract Management.

THE UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE

3010 DEFENSE PENTAGON

WASHINGTON, DC 20301-3010

FEB 17 2006

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MEMORANDUM FOR SECRETARIES OF THE MILITARY DEPARTMENTS (ATTN: ACQUISITION EXECUTIVES)

SUBJECT: Government Accountability Office (GAO) High Risk Area: Contract Management

The Department of Defense (DoD) continues to be committed to aggressively addressing the High Risk Areas identified by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in GAO-05-207, dated February 2005. I actively monitor our activities on each High Risk Area goal and milestone under my purview and provide the Deputy Secretary with periodic updates on our progress.

In the High Risk Area of DoD Contract Management, my staff has initiated periodic meetings with representatives of the Government Accountability Office and the Office of Management and Budget to ensure that our efforts remain closely aligned.

We recently updated the Department's Improvement Plan dated August 12, 2005, to incorporate implementation of section 812, Management Structure for Procurement of Contract Services, of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006, Public Law 109-163. We anticipate updating the Improvement Plan periodically to keep it current, and plan to do so in coordination with your representatives. Our goal is to implement a DoD-wide strategy for effective contract management. The updated Improvement Plan is enclosed, along with the most recent status update, to facilitate your support of these efforts.

I appreciate your support and oversight of these efforts as it is critical for success. Many of these issues will require you to effectively implement policies addressed in the plan.

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Editor's note: View the attachments to this memorandum at <http://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/policy/policy/policyvault/policy_dept.jsp>.
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Title Annotation:Policy & Legislation
Author:Krieg, Kenneth J.
Publication:Defense AT & L
Date:Jul 1, 2006
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