10 U.S. Code § 254b - Audits: selection of service providers for audit services

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§ 254b.
Audits: selection of service providers for audit services

The Department of Defense shall select service providers for auditing services based on the best value to the Department, as determined by the resource sponsor for an auditing contract, rather than based on the lowest price technically acceptable service provider.

(Added and amended Pub. L. 115–91, div. A, title X, § 1002(g)(1), (2), Dec. 12, 2017, 131 Stat. 1542.)
Codification

Text of section, as added by Pub. L. 115–91, is based on text of section 892 of Pub. L. 114–328, div. A, title VIII, Dec. 23, 2016, 130 Stat. 2324, which was formerly set out as a note under section 2331 of this title, prior to repeal by Pub. L. 115–91, div. A, title X, § 1002(g)(3), Dec. 12, 2017, 131 Stat. 1542.

Amendments

2017—Pub. L. 115–91, § 1002(g)(2), struck out “and audit readiness services” after “auditing services”.

Notification Requirement for Certain Contracts for Audit Services

Pub. L. 115–91, div. A, title X, § 1007, Dec. 12, 2017, 131 Stat. 1545, provided that:

“(a)Notification to Congress.—If the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) makes a written finding that a delay in performance of a covered contract while a protest is pending would hinder the annual preparation of audited financial statements for the Department of Defense, and the head of the procuring activity responsible for the award of the covered contract does not authorize the award of the contract (pursuant to section 3553(c)(2) of title 31, United States Code) or the performance of the contract (pursuant to section 3553(d)(3)(C) of such title), the Secretary of Defense shall—
“(1)
notify the congressional defense committees [Committees on Armed Services and Appropriations of the Senate and the House of Representatives] within 10 days after such finding is made; and
“(2)
describe any steps the Department of Defense plans to take to mitigate any hindrance identified in such finding to the annual preparation of audited financial statements for the Department.
“(b)Covered Contract Defined.—
In this section, the term ‘covered contract’ means a contract for services to perform an audit to comply with the requirements of section 3515 of title 31, United States Code.”

 

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