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IG says GSA not fixing problems identified six years ago

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Internal management problems in the General Services Administration's Washington, D.C., regional office have caused repeated procurement failures, the agency's inspector general has found.

The Nov. 7 audit found little progress has been made in fixing issues identified by the IG between fiscal 2007 and 2012.

The issues concern contract awards, administration, funding and documentation within the GSA's Federal Acquisition Service and Public Buildings Service.

A $2.6 billion information technology contract was awarded by FAS without management controls to protect the government and taxpayers from unnecessary cost risks.

The contract was eventually protested and cancelled.

The Public Buildings Service also awarded more than $194 million in service modifications containing multiple procurement flaws and poor management controls.

Eventually, the contractor was reimbursed almost $11 million, despite being allowed to use 15,170 square feet of unauthorized rental space valued at $640,000 annually.

Another $500,000 contract was awarded without competition and using the wrong procedures.

In addition to "weaknesses in internal control," the IG found leadership at FAS to be in a "constant state of flux." One division has had seven chiefs between Dec. 2006 and Sept. 2012; the Public Buildings Servoce also went through nine management reorganizations between 2007 and 2012.

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