The General Services Administration's Office of Inspector General could save taxpayers $1.3 billion in fiscal 2015, if GSA adopts all of its recommendations, according to the IG's annual report to Congress.
The report, released on Nov. 30, chronicles the OIG's actions from April 1 to Sept. 30, including audits, investigations and fund recoveries. It also identified $135 million in criminal and civil recovery for the period, with another $30 million coming from administrative recoveries, forfeitures and restitution payments.
The OIG also:
- Identified seven management challenges GSA would need to address moving forward, including its portions acquisition process, IT infrastructure and financial reporting.
- Recommended stronger training programs for contracting officers to help lower costs and increase value.
- Highlighted reports from the period illustrating its recommendations where the Public Building Service could make its property and lease budgets more efficient.
- Recapped an audit of the agency’s leave and overtime management system, which, due to incompatibly with a time and attendance interface, had inaccurate records of employee leave.
- Addressed audits regarding GSA’s financial reporting, including studies done on how to improve the agency’s improper payment tracking, risk assessment of its charge card program and further acquisition measures.
Ultimately, the OIG reported 161 new investigations opened in FY2015, with 204 investigations closed during the year.
Read the report here.