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PROFESSIONAL STAFF

Office of the Director of

Commission Studies
Donald E. Sowle, Director of Com

mission Studies
Robert R. Judson, Deputy Director of

Commission Studies

Office of the Executive Secretary
Hugo N. Eskildson, Jr., Executive

Secretary

Office of the General Counsel 0. S. Hiestand, General Counsel' C. Normand Poirier, Deputy General

Counsel

James E. Carpenter

Patricia W. Berger Lawrence Falick

Tracy L. Evans Lester Fettig

Roger K. Fredericks Thomas R. Freeman

Lee Savage Norman V. Gomes

Michael P. Sullivan Robert B. Hall

Sarah M. Thomas
Robert E. Holt

Nancy L. Weaver
Phyllis (Rusty) Libin
George M. Lockhart
William J. Maraist, Jr.
James F. McHale
Loren P. Murray
Rosemary G. Mylecraine
John A. O'Leary
George S. Ostrowski
David G. Soergel
Joseph C. Spagnola, Jr.
Bernard J. Tabarini
Michael J. Vecchietti

Raymond F. Wormwood
1 Appointed April 4, 1971 to succeed Paul A. Barron who became Special Assistant to the Chairman.

Robert F. Allnutt
Robert R. Broxton
Herbert H. Ferguson
Charles Goodwin
Jesse E. Lasken
Robert G. Lauck
Jay W. Maynard
Edgar G. Merson
Paul E. Payne
Richard R. Pierson
Joseph P. Ramsey
Gloria M. Rosenblum
Paul R. Shlemon
Matthew S. Watson
Gerard S. Welch
Thomas F. Williamson

REPORT OF
THE COMMISSION ON GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT

Volume 1

Part A-General Procurement Considerations

Volume 2

Part B-Acquisition of Research and Development
Part C-Acquisition of Major Systems

Volume 3

Part D—Acquisition of Commercial Products
Part E-Acquisition of Construction and Architect-Engineer Services
Part F_Federal Grant-Type Assistance Programs

Volume 4

Part G–Legal and Administrative Remedies
Part H—Selected Issues of Liability:

Government Property and Catastrophic Accidents
Part 1-Patents, Technical Data, and Copyrights
Part J-Other Statutory Considerations

FOREWORD

Volume 3 consists of three parts:

Part D-Acquisition of Commercial

Products • Part E-Acquisition of Construction

and Architect-Engineer Services • Part F-Federal Grant-Type Assistance

Programs. Part D covers the Government's buying of commercial products and services, which represented a major portion of the nearly $57.5 billion expended on Federal procurement during fiscal 1972. This part discusses the need for considering total economic cost in furnishing commercial items to the user. Specific coverage of particular types of procurement (for example, automatic data processing equipment, food, and services from regulated industries) are also included in this part.

Part E analyzes the procurement of construction and architect-engineer services. The

construction portion considers suggestions that could shorten the time period to get a building constructed and the impact of labor laws. The architect-engineer (A-E) portion covers the selection of A-Es, a subject on which Congress recently took action in the passage of Public Law 92–582.

Part F is a report on grant-type assistance programs. The use of grants has increased dramatically in the last ten years. This part proposes that the processing of grants could be greatly improved if a classification of the types of actions were established that would provide a more precise definition of the relationships between the Federal Government and the grantee than is now available.

While each Commissioner does not necessarily agree with every aspect of this report, the Commission as a whole is in agreement with the general thrust of the discussion and recommendations, except where noted.

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