ADP Procurements

Food and Drug Administration Circumvented Procurement Regulations Gao ID: IMTEC-87-48 September 11, 1987

In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed allegations of improper computer procurements by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

GAO found that: (1) FDA split one procurement into 11 smaller procurement requests to circumvent both the maximum order and dollar limitations for General Services Administration (GSA) schedule contracts; (2) the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) did not detect the error; (3) FDA circumvented procurement regulations requiring it to advertise for competitive bids; and (4) FDA failed to obtain HHS approval for the procurements, since they exceeded $150,000.


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