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Title: Overseas Contingency Operations Contracts after Iraq: Enabling Financial Management Research and Transparency through Contract Labeling
Authors: Gregory Sanders
Keywords: Contracts
Financial Management
Contract Labeling
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
Overseas Contingency Operations
Issue Date: 5-Oct-2017
Publisher: Acquisition Research Program
Citation: Published--Unlimited Distribution
Series/Report no.: Acquisition Management
Abstract: How do contracts financed via crisis funds (including emergency funds) differ from other sorts of contracts, particularly with regard to sustainability as these funds wind down? The objective of this proposed project is to illuminate these questions for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funded contracts beginning with those awarded in 2012 as well as for civilian crisis funds, primarily the American Recovery and Reconstruction Act (ARRA). Data on these contracts will be drawn from the Federal Procurement Data System, a publicly available database of U.S. government contracts. The technical approach of this proposed research is to identify and label OCO-funded contracts and analyze statistically how these contracts and ARRA-funded contracts differ from the overall population of contracts. This analysis will control for whether contracts are administered by the DoD or civilian agencies and whether they are performed domestically or overseas. This study is expected to produce three primary results, each of which would provide significant public benefit. First, the labeling of OCO contracts would enhance understanding of the use of crisis funding in defense budgets, closing an important transparency gap. Second, this research will further public understanding of the operation of crisis funded contracts. Finally, the study team will examine the financial management of OCO contracts by examining both aggregate trends and the largest or most unusual contracts.
Description: Acquisition Management / Grant-funded Research
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