Friday, October 15, 2010
The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration yesterday released two reports finding recurring problems in the IRS's oversight of billions in spending:
- Procurement Audit Results Indicate Problems Continue to Exist After Corrective Actions Were Implemented (2010-10-088): "As of March 15, 2010, the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) Office of Procurement was responsible for administering 839 procurements with a value of approximately $48 billion over the life of the procurements. TIGTA has conducted a number of acquisition audits and found that there were concerns with the procurement process. While the IRS took corrective actions to address many of the findings when the TIGTA reports were originally issued, TIGTA has continued to find recurring problems. Until the IRS implements effective internal controls, it will be unable to provide assurance that the Federal Government is receiving the best value for procurements or that contractors are meeting the procurements’ terms and conditions to deliver goods or services."
- Previously Reported Acquisition Concerns That Are Relevant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Procurements (2010-11-102): "The IRS received an appropriation of $203 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) funds. TIGTA analysis of acquisitions audits conducted from Fiscal Year 1999 to June 2009 showed that while the IRS has taken steps to address the concerns identified in those audits, recurring problems exist which may put procurements funded by the Recovery Act at risk. Until the IRS implements effective internal controls, it will be unable to provide assurance that the Federal Government is receiving the best value for its Recovery Act procurements and/or that contractors are meeting the procurements’ terms and conditions to deliver goods or services."