In Tracking Down Contract Overcharges, GSA Goes Slowly

May 7, 2013

When the General Services Administration inspector general uncovered hundreds of thousands of dollars in overcharges by a contractor, the watchdog office wasted little time in telling GSA management to recoup the money.

But GSA officials didn’t express much interest to the IG in that idea, according to IG records obtained by Federal Times through the Freedom of Information Act.

“Subsequent multiple attempts ... to confirm with GSA contracting personnel that administrative action was in progress failed,” a special agent for the IG wrote in a memo last fall. “GSA contracting personnel refused to respond.”

The contractor, Ocean Systems Engineering Corp. (OSEC), cooperated in the IG investigation, which ended last year, concluding the company overcharged the government by more than $800,000 by using unqualified personnel on a federal contract.

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