Friday, October 30, 2009
The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration yesterday released Controls Over the Contracting Officer’s Technical Representatives Workforce Were Ineffective, Resulting in Significant Risks to the Government (2009-10-139):
The IRS must increase the effectiveness of its contract oversight, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) concluded in a report publicly released today.
During 2008, the IRS managed approximately 700 contracts with a total contract value of approximately $34 billion. These contracts were awarded by contracting officers who delegated their oversight authority to employees designated as contracting officer's technical representatives (COTR).
TIGTA found that the majority of the COTRs were not performing day-to-day contract oversight or physical receipt and acceptance of contract deliverables for the procurements to which they were assigned. Instead, these COTRs limited their involvement to administrative functions (i.e., documenting receipt of goods and services in IRS computer tracking systems) and relied on program office employees to determine whether the goods or services provided by the contractor were acceptable.