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Rep. Tom Davis
Press release: statement on Government Accounting Office report on DC procurement
February 14, 2007




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Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
Tom Davis, Ranking Member


For Immediate Release
February 14, 2007  
Contact: David Marin
(202) 225-5074

Davis Statement on GAO's D.C. Procurement Findings
"D.C. procurement is fatally flawed"

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA), ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, issued the following statement today on a Government Accountability Office report he commissioned on the District of Columbia's procurement practices:

"Today I am releasing a Report from the Government Accountability Office on District of Columbia Procurement.  I requested this report as Chairman of the Government Reform Committee last year.

"This is a scathing Report that should serve as a wake-up call to all involved in D.C. procurement issues, and all those who, like me, care about the health of the nation's capital.   The reform that is needed is substantial and statutory.  The report makes clear that D.C. procurement is fatally flawed, both in its structure and execution, affecting all aspects of governance.

"The GAO is advising us that procurement in the District of Columbia lacks 'transparency, accountability and competition' and that in its present form it 'increases the risk of preferential treatment for certain vendors and ultimately drives up costs.' Current practices clearly do not reflect sound management and oversight.

"Current procurement practices are totally unacceptable.  I look forward to the District's plan to address the critical areas touched upon.  I will continue to work with the city and all stakeholders to make the fundamental changes required."

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