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Title: GSA's (General Services Administration) Method of Procuring Contracts - Hearing Before the Senate Subcommittee on Federal Spending Practices and Open Government, February 6, 1979
Corporate Author: US Congress
Senate Cmtte on Governmental Affairs
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 161
Sponsoring Agency: US Congress
Washington, DC 20510
Type: Legislative/Regulatory Material
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Legislators and officials from the General Services Administration (GSA) discussed GSA's management problems, focusing on the coverup of a 1971 audit report which criticized the multiple award schedules.
Abstract: The committee chairman opened the hearings by describing California's system for procuring office machines and how GSA auditors' recommendations this cost-saving system be adopted to save money were suppressed within the agency. A Representative who had been investigating GSA procurement policies commented on deficiencies in that agency's term contracts and in the Federal Supply Service's (FSS) multiple award program. He also criticized GSA's auditing, inspection, and investigative activities. GSA's assistant inspector general for auditing stated that he concurred with the 1971 report's findings and could not explain why it was not published. The two auditors who had prepared the report in question then described their analysis of single award versus multiple award procurement and answered questions concerning the efforts of senior managers to cover up the report. A General Accounting Office representative stated that their current reviews of GSA supported the findings of the older audit report. He also provided estimates of the savings that could have resulted from competitive procurements from 1970 to 1978. Finally, two current GSA employees who had been with the FSS in 1971 were briefly questioned about their recollections and participation in decisions to suppress the audit report. The appendixes contain GSA internal correspondence regarding California's procurement policies and letters to Congressmen on this subject, testimony from GSA officials before the House Appropriations Committee in April 1971, the May 1971 text of the draft audit report, and subsequent comments by GSA officials which document disagreements between FSS and the Office of Audits and Inspections.
Index Term(s): General Services Administration (GSA); Government contracting; Procurement procedures; US Government Accountability Office (GAO)
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