IG: Labor needs independent acquisitions

The Labor Department has wasted nearly $4 million on unused encryption products from an improperly awarded contract, the department's inspector general said in a recent report. Labor should set up an independent acquisition office to ensure that contracts are awarded, revised and managed properly, according to the report.

The IG blamed a lack of organizational separation of duties, as well as inadequate oversight and internal controls. 'Individuals knowingly made decisions and took actions that violated government regulations and [department] policies and may not have been in the best operating or financial interests' of Labor, assistant inspector general Elliot Lewis said.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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