GSA to Launch Internal Review in Wake of IG Report
The General Service Administration (GSA) plans to launch an internal review in response to a recent audit by the inspector general of GSA. The audit showed that Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) management had taken improper action in 3 major GSA Schedule contracts.
The inspector general’s audit found that FAS managers had ignored the recommendations of their staff and worked directly to help major technology firms secure and extend their GSA Schedule contracts. Major instances were noted with the contracts for government reseller and consultants Carahsoft and Deloitte. Acting GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini has expressed concern about the issue, writing, “While our managers play an essential role in supporting our mission by overseeing the work of contracting officers, improper intervention in procurement processes is unacceptable”. GSA has reportedly placed Warren Blankenship, a director in the Schedule 70 Program, on administrative leave.
GSA’s actions in response to this internal review show that they are taking this matter very seriously. GSA seems to be doing everything in its power to make sure this kind of interference from management is not a continuing problem. Tangherlini has put an emphasis on transparency and honesty within his agency and this internal review is an extension of that. It is important that GSA shows that these problems are not endemic within the organization and that all companies must go through the same rigorous process in order to obtain a GSA Schedule contract.