Online extra: Congress keeps an eye on FTS

Lawmakers are promising to do whatever is necessary to right the Federal Technology Service's listing ship.

After the agency's inspector general found that FTS employees in three regions had violated Federal Acquisition Regulations, mismanaged contracts and misused the IT Fund, House and Senate members said they plan to closely watch how GSA officials respond to the problems.

Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.), chairman of the House Government Reform Committee, next month will hold a hearing to explore whether more work is needed, committee spokesman David Marin said.

'The committee needs to continue to evaluate the benefits of a more extensive agency management reorganization at GSA this year,' he said. Davis 'wants to explore the relationship between these instances of mismanagement and the underlying Federal Supply Service and FTS structural issues.'

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, plans to meet with GSA administrator Stephen Perry to discuss the problems, a Grassley staff member said. The senator called for a 'thorough housecleaning' of FTS in a letter to Perry earlier this month.

'We are going to monitor the inspector general's findings from other regions and go from there,' the staff member said. 'We also will track GSA implementation of its plans to fix the problems. We want to ensure they are working and achieving the goal of accountability at FTS.'

And Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), chairwoman of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, said her committee would monitor GSA's oversight to ensure that violations do not recur.

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