Section 804 requires GAO (Government Accountability Office) of the success of securing data relating to the price reasonableness of sole-source offers. This required report must include the following:
- the number of, and justification for, any waiver of requirements for submission of certified cost or pricing data for sole source contracts for spare parts.
- the number of, and justification for, any exception to the requirements for submission of certified cost or pricing data for sole source contracts for spare parts.
- the number of contracts awarded for which a request for cost or pricing data, including data other than certified cost or pricing data, to determine price reasonableness was denied by an offeror at the time of award
- actions take by the Secretary (of Defense) if an offeror refused to provide requested data including
- whether the contracting officer included a notation in the system used by the Federal Government to monitor or record contractor past performance regarding the refusal of an offeror to provide such data
- any strategies developed by the Secretary to acquire the good that was the subject of a contract for which the offeror refused to provide such data in the future without the need for such a waiver.
With this level of GAO oversight, it would seem to us that contracting officers will, or be urged to do everything in their power to avoid granting waivers.