Transportation drops plan to extend ITOP

After receiving a critical audit by the Transportation Department inspector general, the Transportation Administrative Service Center has decided not to seek an extension from the Office of Management and Budget to run its governmentwide IT services program.

The center will continue to run ongoing projects under the IT Omnibus Procurement program without taking on any new ones, an OMB official said. The center's designation as the ITOP executive agent expired June 3.

Through the program, agencies, including state and local governments, can buy IT services from 36 contractors.

Although the center charges fees to cover expenses, it had a loss of $2.1 million on ITOP for the five years that ended Sept. 30, 2001, the IG team found.

The IG cited a failure in oversight by DOT management. 'We found no departmental oversight to ensure adequate competition before awarding work,' the audit said.

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