Recommendations of the Commission on Government Procurement: A Final Assessment : Report to the Congress

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U.S. General Accounting Office, 1979 - Government purchasing - 117 pages

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Page 55 - SEC. 904. (a) The agency head shall negotiate a contract with the highest qualified firm for architectural and engineering services at compensation which the agency head determines is fair and reasonable to the Government.
Page 27 - Commission report reflected new concerns about the vitality of the White House Office of Sci-ence and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the position of presidential science adviser.
Page 53 - July 1978 that comparable treatment of this recommendation, as with other Commission recommendations, would require the executive branch to accept (in which case legislation should be proposed), reject, or modify the recommendation as presented.
Page 34 - Congress, and others, resulting in diffused responsibilities, poor accountability, and badly skewed buyer/seller relationships. — Absence of a coherent acquisition-process framework which all parties could understand and commonly refer to. —Lack of agency...
Page 36 - Commission's recommendations, here and elsewhere, are anchored to its proposal that agencies should perform analysis and budget their affairs by mission, and that Congress should review and oversee in the same way.
Page 44 - It is important * * * that alternatives really be considered, that new technologies be explored, and that the definition of mission need not be irrevocable, immutable, or premature.
Page 60 - Insufficient Federal involvement or use of standards when significant procurements occur under grant-type relationships.
Page 65 - ... of rights concern the nature of the invention and the plans and intentions of the contractor to market the invention. When the contractor retains exclusive patent rights, the Government reserves a royalty-free license to practice the invention for any governmental use. The Government also reserves the right to require the contractor to license others to protect the public interest in the health area and to make the invention accessible if the contractor fails to take effective steps to commercialize...
Page 12 - Minimizing possible disruptive effects of government procurement on particular industries, areas, or occupations; and Section 2(11) "Promoting fair dealings and equitable relationships among the parties in government contracting.

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