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DHS Contracts and Grants Awarded through Other than Full and Open Competition, FY 2014

Executive Summary

On January 17, 2014, Congress enacted Public Law 113-76, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014. According to Section 520 (a), the Secretary of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shall submit a report not later than October 15, 2014, to the Office of Inspector General, listing all grants and contracts awarded by any means other than full and open competition during fiscal year (FY) 2014. As required, we reviewed the report and assessed departmental compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and departmental procedures. In FY 2014, DHS awarded 399 noncompetitive contracts worth about $306 million. This represents a continuing decrease of more than $3 billion obligated through noncompetitive contracts over a 6-year period. We reconciled the entire FY 2014 contract listing against the Federal Procurement Data System and found that the data between the two lists were 99.8 percent identical. Also in FY 2014, DHS awarded 66 noncompetitive grants worth about $126 million. Although three noncompetitive grants worth approximately $3.2 million did not meet accuracy, timeliness, or completeness standards, approximately 95.5 percent did meet the requirements as set forth in the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006.

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