FTS tackles procurement weaknesses

The General Services Administration has put together a plan to improve procurement oversight and training at regional Federal Technology Service offices.

The plan follows a finding from the GSA inspector general that identified new examples of misuse of the IT Fund and the 8(a) contracting program in FTS regions 4 and 6.

The IG originally reported problems in Region 10, which forced GSA to close down its Bremerton, Wash., field office. The office had used the IT Fund to award contracts for non-IT services, sometimes to IT vendors participating in the Small Business Administration's 8(a) program.

Acting deputy GSA administrator David Bibb and FTS commissioner Sandra Bates held a telephone briefing to share preliminary results of the IG's investigation of the two regions. The final report will be released 'within the next several months,' Bates said.

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