Federal Times: How low-value DHS contracts can have high costs

“Though smaller government contracts lack the attention-grabbing high dollar values of major acquisition efforts, low-value contracts can cumulatively represent significant amounts of agency spend. According to the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General, its agency has fallen behind in proper oversight of those contracts, resulting in missing files and lost payments that should have been recoverable…”

“According to the report, DHS awarded $2.4 billion in low-value contracts in 2016. Low-value contracts are those that are valued at $300 million or less.”

“The OIG tested nine DHS components and found that all had contracting deficiencies of some sort.”

“The report recommended that the DHS chief procurement officer require the heads of contracting offices to establish management policies and guidelines that prevent the loss of files and ensure that personnel maintain contract files in accordance with regulation, award contracts within their warrant authority and monitor contractor performance to identify opportunities to recover funds in the case of poor contractor performance.”

“DHS, however, disagreed with the recommendations…” Read the full article here.

Source: How low-value DHS contracts can have high costs – By Jessie Bur, July 9, 2019. Federal Times.

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