Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Comments
Although not required to comment, the Senior Advisor for IO Strategy and Plans, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence stated that his organization will endorse and advocate the recommendations in this report within the Department. He agreed that DoD must improve controls to distinguish between tasks that support products intended for U.S. audiences and those intended exclusively for foreign audiences. However, the Senior Advisor stated that there are instances where certain contracts, like media analysis, could be consolidated under one vehicle as these products do not intend to inform or influence audiences.
We agree with the comments from the Senior Advisor for IO Strategy and Plans, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence.
Recommendations, Management Comments, and Our Response
We recommend that the Commander, Multi-National Force-Iraq:
Award task orders for Psychological Operations under these contracts to
meet the contract minimum values, then allow the contracts to expire.
Multi-National Force-Iraq Comments
The MNF-I IO Chief agreed with awarding task orders to meet contract minimum values and recommended that approval to award the task orders be granted no later than August 15, 2009.
U.S. Central Command Comments
The Chief of Staff, U.S. Central Command agreed with allowing MNF-I to award task orders under the contract; however, he stated that if task orders can be written on this contract in any matter, the contract can be used as originally intended. Specifically, he stated that, provided task orders are written with sensitivity to verbiage, MNF-I can use the contract as intended. The Chief of Staff noted that the scope of the contract enables units to draft task orders with more specific requirements that should fulfill user needs.
The comments are responsive and no additional comments are required. Regarding the comments from the Chief of Staff, U.S. Central Command, our recommendation to award task orders to meet the minimum contract values was not an endorsement of the adequacy of the contract. Our recommendation is intended to prevent $1 million from being spent without receiving anything in return. Our report identifies several shortfalls in the strategy, management, and oversight of the contracts, resulting in contracts that were awarded without clearly defining intended audiences for PSYOP and PA. Using the