Wildland fire-related acquisition management programs of the five federal land management agencies are big business. For example, Forest Service wildfire preparedness and suppression contracting costs reached almost $800 million in FY 2002.
Even at a lower level, these costs significantly affect other land management programs and their funding. Thus, searching for and taking advantage of methods to achieve cost containment of escalating wildland fire acquisition programs take on added value. That is the basic premise of this Academy report.
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The Panel concluded that while much positive activity is occurring in the agencies’ acquisition programs, room remains for improvement.
Specifically, the Panel found: