Nearly a quarter of Transportation Department contracting officers didn’t comply with certification specifications when working on certain high dollar acquisitions, says an April 9, 2015 DOT inspector general report.
In fiscal 2014, DOT obligated $2 billion on contracts.
To help ensure those contracts meet federal and departmental requirements, the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) requires that contracting officers be certified at the appropriate level to correspond with the dollar value of contracts, the report says.
OFPP also directed each agency’s chief acquisition officer to establish agency-specific certification and warrant requirements.
But of the 63 contracting officers GAO reviewed, 15, or about 24 percent, did not fully comply with those requirements.
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