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New GAO Report on Multiyear Procurement

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a new report of potential interest entitled “GAO-22-105966 Multiyear Procurement: Navy Should Provide Congress More Complete Information on…

New GAO Report on Multiyear Procurement

New GAO Report on Multiyear Procurement
Bill Kobren

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a new report of potential interest entitled GAO-22-105966 Multiyear Procurement: Navy Should Provide Congress More Complete Information on Budget Request Decisions.”

According to the GAO, “Congress is concerned that the Navy deliberately underfunded certain critical programs that use a special contracting method called multiyear procurement. For example, the Navy had multiyear contracts to purchase two destroyers per year in a 5-year period. For fiscal year 2022, it requested funding for only one destroyer and put the second one on its unfunded priorities list. The Navy was not required to explain this decision to Congress, leading to the concerns that it was engaging in budgetary maneuvers that impede congressional oversight and decision-making. We recommended that DOD require the Navy to provide its rationale to Congress.”