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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Federal agencies still lagging on contract disclosures

The latest audit of Federal agency compliance with a requirement to notify the Senate about confidentiality provisions in contracts, has been released by the Auditor General. The Senate Order for Departmental and Agency Contracts (Calendar Year 2006 Compliance)

The report shows continuing compliance problems, and invalid claims for confidentiality. It concludes that years after the requirement was imposed, not enough has been done to provide information and training to those responsible for contract administration.

Federal Shadow Finance spokesman, Lindsay Tanner, is planning to release a policy that would require more information in this area, including a register of contracts, and certificates of explanation for commercial in confidence provisions.

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