Davis concerned about GSA contract management

Davis voices concerns about GSA contract management

Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) today urged the head of the General Services Administration to review acquisitions that may overlap with the agency's $20 billion Networx telecommunications procurement. He said GSA might not have the resources to manage all the programs simultaneously.

In a two-page letter to GSA administrator Stephen Perry, Davis said he's concerned by what he sees as a lack of management coordination among various related GSA programs and a drain on its limited resources.

Davis raised questions about GSA Alliant and Alliant Small Business contracts, which will be awarded simultaneously in July 2006. The two 10-year awards, worth $50 billion and $15 billion, respectively, will offer a wide range of IT support services for all federal agencies. About 60 awards will be issued under the contracts.

Davis' letter said it is unclear how the Alliant program will fit with the Networx program for telecommunications services. The programs are being managed by different GSA regional offices.

Davis also said there was no need for GSA to press ahead with plans to conduct wide-ranging acquisitions for local telecommunications services that appear to encroach on requirements being solicited through the Networx program.

He said the local acquisition programs would send the 'wrong signal that it is acceptable for GSA regions to go off on their own.

"It appears that GSA will be strained to manage all of these moving parts, and it will likely affect its ability to serve customer agencies,' Davis wrote.

Davis asked Perry to conduct a full-scale review of the acquisition programs to determine whether GSA has the capacity to manage them at the same time.

No one in GSA's press office could be reached for immediate comment.

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