EPA OIG: Weak Management of a Climate Change Services Contract Creates Risk EPA Did Not Receive Services for Which It Paid
The EPA lacks a process to verify that contractor personnel had the skill level to satisfy contract requirements. We reviewed all 93 task orders for contract EP-W-07-067 and focused on task order 25. The task order 25 review revealed several problems:
The task order did not list any employees named in reviewed invoices.
The EPA repeatedly modified the task order to increase funding from an initial estimate of $310,917 to over $2,000,000.
The contracting officer’s representative for task order 25 accepted the contractor’s deliverables without documenting a review of the contractor’s personnel qualifications in comparison with the labor categories invoiced.
The task order was closed without all deliverables being met.
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