Patriots for Profit: Contractors and the Military in U.S. National Security

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APPENDIX 1
PRESIDENT BARAK OBAMA’S MEMORANDUM
FOR HEADS OF DEPARTMENTS AND
AGENCIES, MARCH 4, 2009

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release

March 4, 2009

March 4, 2009

MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES

SUBJECT: Government Contracting

The Federal Government has an overriding obligation to American taxpayers. It should perform its functions efficiently and effectively while ensuring that its actions result in the best value for the taxpayers.

Since 2001, spending on Government contracts has more than doubled, reaching over $500 billion in 2008. During this same period, there has been a significant increase in the dollars awarded without full and open competition and an increase in the dollars obligated through cost-reimbursement contracts. Between fiscal years 2000 and 2008, for example, dollars obligated under cost-reimbursement contracts nearly doubled, from $71 billion in 2000 to $135 billion in 2008. Reversing these trends away from full and open competition and toward cost-reimbursement contracts could result in savings of billions of dollars each year for the American taxpayer.

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