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Audit Initiated of DOT’s Use of Management Support Services Contracts

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The Office of Inspector General is initiating an audit of DOT’s management support services (MSS) contracts. Over the past decade, governmentwide contract spending for management support functions has quadrupled from $10 billion to $40 billion, far outpacing the already fast growth in contract spending. As part of the Campaign to Cut Government Waste, OMB announced its goal to reduce contract spending on management support services by 15 percent by the end of fiscal year 2012. For fiscal year 2011, DOT reported to the Office of Federal Procurement Policy that it obligated over $1.2 billion in MSS contracts to meet its mission needs. Our objective will be to (1) assess the steps DOT has taken to reduce MSS contract spending and (2) determine if DOT and its Operating Administrations have implemented effective controls to maintain reduced spending levels.