This article provides an assessment of the effectiveness of the efforts to improve efficiency and commercialize government procurement, seven years after the passage of the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act. The reforms that abolished inflexible rules and empowered a reduced acquisition workforce have been criticized as allowing agencies to obscure the transparency of traditionally rule-bound federal procurement, using sole source methods and bundling to limit competition. This Article asserts the problems associated with indefinite delivery contracting can be alleviated if more attention is devoted to accountability and enhancing contracting officer participation on the acquisition team.
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GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2018-21; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2018-21
Thornton, Karen, Fine-Tuning Acquisition Reform's Favorite Procurement Vehicle, the Indefinite Delivery Contract (2002). Karen DaPonte Thornton, Fine-Tuning Acquisition Reform’s Favorite Procurement Vehicle, the Indefinite Delivery Contract, 31 Pub. Cont. L.J. 383 (2002). ; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2018-21; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2018-21. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3168766