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GAO Evaluates GSA’s Telecom Network Transition Delays

GAOThe Government Accountability Office has cited complex acquisition processes and weak project planning as among the factors that delayed the General Services Administration’s telecommunications network transition.

Complex procurement processes were associated with duplicative contracts, large number of service options and changes to the competition changes were among the issues auditors believe compounded a lack of contracting and technical skills, GAO said Dec. 5.

GAO estimates the delays raised GSA’s transition costs by $66.4 million and auditors valued the potential savings at nearly $329 million if the agencies migrated to Networx on time.

Auditors proposed that the GSA collaborate with the Office of Personnel Management to identify potential government skills gaps, guide agencies on project planning and highlight lessons learned.

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