FAS failed to ensure contractors passed background checks
- By Sherkiya Wedgeworth
- Jul 06, 2018
The Federal Acquisition Service failed to ensure that contract employees passed background investigations before allowing them to work and giving them access to sensitive government information, systems, and facilities, according to a recent inspector general report.
In a June 28 memo to Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner Alan Thomas, the General Services Administration’s inspector general said, investigators identified a “security concern” among IT and telecommunications support contractors working under the Transition Ordering Assistance task order, which helps agencies transition onto the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract.
According to the IG report, as a result of FAS’s failure to ensure the workers received favorable background check investigations, the agency has spent more than $675,000 for work performed by contract employees “who had not received the required determinations, thereby placing FAS and its customer agencies at risk.”
In one incident, over the course of several months, an FAS employee questioned why a contract employee did not have a GSA badge or use a GSA email address, the contract employee provided a number of excuses, including lost paperwork and miscommunication between the TOA contractor and GSA. Ultimately, the contract employee admitted to intentionally withholding the background investigation paperwork for personal reasons.
The contract employee was ultimately fired, but not before earning $131,576 for work already performed.
“Accordingly, FAS should enhance management controls to ensure that the Office of Information Technology Category adheres to the background investigation provisions of the TOA task order,” the IG recommends.
Read the full report here.