IG Finds GSA Interference in Contract Negotiations
June 5, 2013
General Services Administration managers strong-armed their own contracting officials during negotiations with three large technology contractors, ultimately forcing the agency to pay higher prices while demoralizing acquisition staff, according to a watchdog report.
The GSA Office of Inspector General found in a report released Tuesday that the companies — Oracle, Carahsoft and Deloitte — all complained to GSA management in 2011 about contracting officials raising concerns about their contracts.
But instead of backing their own contracting officers, GSA managers — whom the IG report did not identify — took the side of contractors, resulting in questionable pricing, terms and conditions, according to the report.
Overall, the three companies held contracts worth about $900 million.