Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight

Food Service Management Contracts: Are Contractors Overcharging the Government?

Date: October 5, 2011
Time: 2:00pm
Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, SD-342

The federal government spends billions of dollars every year on contracts for food service management at military installations and bases, hospitals, and government buildings and through the federal school lunch program. The purpose of the hearing was to examine whether food service management contractors are withholding rebates, discounts, and credits which should be passed through to the federal government. The hearing reviewed examples of this practice and assess steps taken by agencies to ensure that contractors are in compliance with rebate requirements. The hearing also addressed the need for increased transparency, oversight, and accountability.

Member Statements




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The Honorable

Phyllis K.


Inspector General, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Chair, Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency

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John F.


Assistant Attorney General

Office of the Attorney General of the State of New York

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Professor of Law, University of Baltimore School of Law

and Former Commissioner Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan