Collins says she'll monitor GSA schedule effort

Susan Collins

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has vowed to keep a close eye on the General Services Administration as it works to resolve long-standing problems in Federal Supply Service contract practices re-vealed by the Government Accountability Office.

In a letter last month to GSA administrator Stephen Perry, the chairwoman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee said she was disappointed with 'the long history of deficiencies' that GAO turned up.

'This report is merely the latest in a long line of reports issued by the GAO and GSA's inspector general identifying problems with the Multiple-Awards Schedule,' Collins said.

GAO has reported that it found FSS conducted on average 21 pre-award audits each year but no post-award audits on schedule contracts between fiscal 1998 and 2004.

The agency does the audits to ensure the government is getting the best price possible.

GSA officials briefed committee staff members on how they will respond to GAO's findings and improve schedule contracting. The agency said it will conduct 70 pre-award audits this year.

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