by Ray Hayes

A Pentagon watchdog has accused two Army Contracting Command locations of failing to provide adequate subcontracting opportunities to small businesses. Redstone Arsenal in Alabama and Army Contracting Command in Warren, MI are the two locations at fault. Both facilities blamed their shortcoming on staffers failing to understand the rules and requirements of subcontracting reports or plans. It has also been reported that, “…high turnover among contracting staff, worsened by a lack of guidance for transferring duties from an outgoing officer to an incoming staffer. There also was a shortage of adequate training and standard operating procedures.”

In order to rectify the situation, the Inspector General has recommended that both improve training programs for staffers, provide policy alerts, and review and amend information on subcontracting plans. IG also reported more than $82 million in liquidation damages which consists of payment amounts to contractors who failed to make, “…a good faith effort to comply with subcontracting plan.”