T-OGC-94-1, Procurement Reform: Comments on Proposed Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act†
By virtually any measure, the government's system of buying goods and services does not work well. In GAO's view, any reform effort must be guided by three principles: fostering intelligent decisionmaking that takes advantage of commercial ingenuity and expertise, streamlining to maximize the use of declining resources, and managing for results instead of process. This testimony discusses S. 1587, the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act, which seeks to simplify and streamline the government procurement process. GAO strongly supports this measure. Except for the testing provisions, GAO believes that the bill represents an important reform in the way the government buys its goods and services.