GAO to report on GSA


The Government Accountability Office will report on the General Services Administration‘s management of its supply schedules in the spring,said  John Needham, a director of acquisition and sourcing management for the watchdog agency.

The report will look at whether GSA’s reorganization improved management of the Multiple Award Schedules program and the effectiveness of the management tools GSA has in place, he said. Mismanagement of the schedules program led to a series of contracting scandals five years ago. The scandals prompted GAO to add interagency contracts to its High Risk List.

In addition, the report will address concerns raised by the congressionally charted Acquisition Advisory Panel in a 2007 report, Needham said. The panel found that agencies weren’t competing orders placed through established interagency, multiple awards contracts. In addition, the panel raised concerns that there were too many interagency contracts competing with each other and hampering the government’s abilities to get a good price.

Needham spoke at the Coalition for Government Procurement’s fall conference today.


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