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GSA IG: Federal Acquisition Service ‘Ineffective’ in Administering Enterprise IT Modernization Contract

Jeff Brody

The General Services Administration’s Office of the inspector general released a report on Friday stating that the GSA Federal Acquisition Service’s ineffective contract oversight led to issues in the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions transition effort.

The IG said that FAS failed to ensure that the Transition Ordering Assistance task order met the requirements for the EIS information technology modernization initiative, resulting in “high rates of spending with minimal transition progress.” Other findings include deficiencies in planning and management, invoicing and contractor performance assessments.

“These deficiencies likely contributed to the need to extend the transition deadline, resulting in missed cost savings and repeating similar problems from the prior telecommunications transition,” according to the report.

The IG recommends the FAS commissioner establish metrics for work completion in line with budget concerns, create standard operating procedures for performance assessments, implement interagency agreements, determine the need for task order modifications, seek monetary recoveries for unsatisfactory contractor performance and implement standardized invoicing procedures.

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