US GAO publishes report on urgency contracting (GAO-14-304)

The US Government Accountability Office has published an interesting report on the use of urgency contracting by the  Departments of Defense (DOD) and State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in the period 2010-2012. The report is interesting in that it shows the relevance of having accurate data in order to carry out oversight efforts such as this one (in their research, they had access to rather poor and incorrect data) and, more importantly, because it clearly points out certain implementation problems that are similar to the ones that can be expected under the EU rules--and, looking at the future, under art 32(2)(c) of Directive 2014/24. It is interesting to read it ahead of its (re)transposition.