Spot-On Contracting: Improving Transparency & Contractor Personnel Monitoring in Contingency Operations

19 Pages Posted: 25 Sep 2012

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Collin D. Swan

George Washington University - Law School; Office of Suspension and Debarment, The World Bank

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

Contractors in today’s military operations perform a wide variety of functions in support of the U.S. mission abroad. The federal government, however, has been unable to adequately keep track of the number of contractor personnel it employs and the activities contractors perform in the battlespace. To improve contractor monitoring on the battlefield, the Defense Department, the State Department, and USAID have implemented the Synchronized Pre-Deployment and Operational Tracker (“SPOT”). SPOT is a centralized interagency database that allows agency officials to access information on the identities and activities of their contractors, subcontractors, and contractor personnel employed in contingency settings. This article explores the potential capabilities of this database and examines its current limitations on the ability of agency officials to meaningfully capture and utilize contractor information. Ultimately, SPOT’s success as a monitoring tool will depend on the willingness of DOD, State, and USAID to coordinate their efforts to improve contractor oversight.

Keywords: SPOT, military contractors, private security contractors, Iraq, Afghanistan, technology, monitoring, oversight, accountability, public procurement

JEL Classification: K10, K20, K23, K30

Suggested Citation

Swan, Collin D., Spot-On Contracting: Improving Transparency & Contractor Personnel Monitoring in Contingency Operations (2012). Journal of Contract Management, p. 17, Summer 2012, GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2012-77, GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2012-77, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2151566

Collin D. Swan (Contact Author)

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