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Federal builders miss in contract change oversight

from Engineering News-Record

Two leading federal construction owners lack agency-wide data and process control for contract changes that could delay cost resolution and even project completion, with impacts for contractors, particularly small firms, says a new U.S. government watchdog agency report. The Government Accountability Office assessment of contract change management shortfalls focused on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. General Services Administration and also included input from the Associated General Contractors and the National Association of Small Business Contractors. It found that despite timely field resolution in most cases, agency processes lacked needed automation and routine top-down management review to spot repeating or emerging problem areas. Agency headquarters managers failed to "regularly aggregate or monitor" contract data and did not have full command of contract change processes at lower levels, according to GAO. more

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