An audit has raised concerns regarding GSA’s Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions transition, saying its Federal Acquisition Service “has provided customer agencies with almost $9 million in support services for the transition to EIS although the required interagency agreements are not in place.”
“In the absence of these agreements, FAS is assuming an unnecessary degree of risk, which may lead to ineffective contract management and transition delays. Accordingly, FAS should execute interagency agreements before providing additional services,” a report said.
EIS is a government-wide contract managed by FAS to provide agencies with telecom and IT infrastructure services. FAS awarded a task order in September 2016 to support federal agencies as they transition to EIS from the expiring Networx contracts, under which the contractor is responsible for providing consulting services to assist transitioning agencies in procurement decisions and EIS ordering. Those services are designed to address the “lack of contracting and telecommunications expertise within federal agencies that contributed to delays in the prior transition to Networx,” the report said.
However, it said that without interagency agreements “FAS is at risk for disputes over contract oversight responsibilities, which may lead to waste of taxpayer dollars and delays in the EIS transition,” it said.
GSA management agreed with the findings and has said it will “take immediate action” to execute agreements with agencies using the contractor support under the task order.