S. 680 (110th): Accountability in Government Contracting Act of 2007

Feb 17, 2007 (110th Congress, 2007–2009)
Died (Passed Senate)
Susan Collins
Senator from Maine
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Last Updated
Nov 07, 2007
56 pages
Related Bills
H.R. 1362 (Related)
Accountability in Contracting Act

Passed House
Last Action: Mar 15, 2007


This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the Senate on November 7, 2007 but was never passed by the House.

Introduced Feb 17, 2007
Referred to Committee Feb 17, 2007
Reported by Committee Aug 01, 2007
Passed Senate Nov 07, 2007
Full Title

A bill to ensure proper oversight and accountability in Federal contracting, and for other purposes.


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5 cosponsors (3D, 1I, 1R) (show)

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11/7/2007--Passed Senate amended.
Accountability in Government Contracting Act of 2007 -
Title I - Acquisition Workforce
Section 101 -
Amends the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act to require the Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy to: (1) designate a member of the Senior Executive Service as the Associate Administrator for Workforce Programs, in the Federal Acquisition Institute, to oversee government-wide acquisition workforce activities; and (2) establish a government-wide acquisition intern program. Sets forth requirements for program course work.
(1) the Administrator to establish a government-wide Contingency Contracting Corps that shall be available for deployment in responding to disasters and contingency operations;
(2) the Administrator to report to specified congressional committees, annually, on the status of the Corps;
(3) agency heads to establish acquisition and contracting training programs;
(4) the Administrator to issue policies to promote the development of performance standards for training and to evaluate such programs;
(5) the Administrator to ensure that agencies collect and maintain standardized information on acquisition and contracting workforces relating to such training programs; and
(6) each agency's Chief Acquisition Officer to develop a succession plan consistent with the agency's strategic human capital plan for the recruitment, development, and retention of the agency's acquisition workforce.
Requires such plan to address:
(1) recruitment goals for personnel from procurement intern programs;
(2) the agency's acquisition workforce training needs;
(3) actions to retain high performing acquisition professionals who possess critical relevant skills; and
(4) recruitment goals for personnel from the Federal Career Intern Program and the Presidential Management Fellows Program.
Authorizes appropriations for FY2008-FY2009 for the Acquisition Workforce Training Fund. Sets forth authorized uses of the Fund. Eliminates the expiration date for the Fund.
Requires the Administrator to ensure that a sufficient number of federal employees are trained in the acquisition of architect and engineering services.
Amends the Services Acquisition Reform Act of 2003 to extend until September 30, 2010, the direct hire authority for members of the acquisition workforce.
Requires Chief Acquisition Officers to be appointed from among persons who have an extensive management background.
Directs the Administrator, in coordination with the Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), to encourage agencies to utilize existing authorities to recruit and retain acquisition personnel and to consider recruiting acquisition personnel who may be retiring from the private sector.
Title II - Competition and Accountability
Section 201 -
Requires the Administrator to promulgate in the Federal Acquisition Regulation regulations requiring competition in the purchase of property and services by all executive agencies pursuant to multiple award contracts. Declares that an individual purchase of property or services is made on a competitive basis only if it is made pursuant to certain procedures.
Requires: (1) such regulations to require that each individual purchase of property or services in excess of the simplified acquisition threshold under a multiple award contract be made on a competitive basis, with specified exceptions; and (2) agencies to meet specified notice requirements regarding sole source orders in excess of such threshold that are placed against multiple award contracts or blanket purchase agreements.
Section 202 -
Amends the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 and defense contracting provisions to require that a task or delivery order include a statement of work that clearly specifies the tasks to be performed or property to be delivered.
Requires the statement of work for a task or delivery order in excess of the threshold for use of simplified procedures for commercial items to:
(1) be made available to all eligible contractors;
(2) set forth a clear statement of agency requirements;
(3) permit a reasonable response period;
(4) disclose significant factors the agency plans to use in evaluating proposals;
(5) include a statement documenting the basis for selection for an order that was awarded on a best value basis; and
(6) provide an opportunity for a post award debriefing.
Authorizes protests of task or delivery orders that exceed a certain threshold.
Section 204 -
Includes as a condition for the use of noncompetitive contract procedures the public disclosure of justification and approval documents. Limits the length of specified noncompetitive contracts for property or services available from only one source.
Section 206 -
Sets forth provisions concerning:
(1) conditions required for the award of a task or delivery order contract for services in an amount estimated to exceed $100 million;
(2) the issuance of guidance on the use of tiered evaluations of offers for contracts and for task or delivery orders under contracts
(3) the issuance of regulations outlining the proper use of cost-reimburesement contracts and a review of the use of such contracts;
(4) preventing and mitigating organizational and personal conflicts of interest in federal contracting; and
(5) the issuance of guidance for agencies on the appropriate use of award and incentive fees in federal acquisition programs.
Title III - Accountability and Administration
Section 301 -
Sets forth provisions concerning:
(1) time periods for definitizing letter contracts;
(2) Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidelines for, and requirements governing, interagency acquisitions and assisted acquisitions;
(3) OMB guidelines and procedures for government-wide commercial purchase cards;
(4) a report on travel by agency employees at the expense of the federal government;
(5) the issuance of guidance on the use of lead system integrators in the best interest of the federal government;
(6) limitations on the use of subcontractors or tiers of subcontractors who do not perform work in proportion to overhead or profit received;
(7) considering, in awarding a federal contract, whether a contractor may pose a serious threat to national security;
(8) the assignment of certified program managers to administer DHS programs with an estimated value of more than $100 million;
(9) elimination of the one-year limitation on interest due on late payments to contractors;
(10) establishing government-wide guidelines to ensure that inherently governmental work is performed by federal employees;
(11) an OMB report on implementation of the Acquisition Advisory Panel's recommendations;
(12) a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on federal acquisition policy and a report on the implementation of requirements related to determinations made by agencies regarding indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contracts;
(13) the issuance of guidance on contracting for mapping and surveying services; and
(14) the timely and accurate transmission of information included in the federal procurement data system.
Declares that provisions this Act requiring the promulgation of regulations or the production of reports shall be carried out using existing funds.

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