GSA may recompete HSPD-12 contract

GSA overseers find violations of procurement policies.

General Services Administration officials are considering holding another competition for a contract related to Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 , a Bush-era mandate to improve security and reduce identity fraud, according to a new report.

The contract for HSPD-12 services should be recompeted because it didn’t fully comply with acquisition policy, GSA’s inspector general wrote in a report issued Sept. 13.

HSPD-12 establishes a mandatory, governmentwide standard for secure and reliable forms of identification for federal employees and contractors. GSA is the lead agency on the program.

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Under the current structure of the HSPD-12 contract, GSA’s managed service office violated the agency’s policy by exceeding the contract’s ceiling, the report stated.

With a recompete, officials are considering options that include having customers buying and being billed directly. It would relieve the office in charge of HSPD-12 of managing funds, the report said.

Due to the problems, Steve Kempf, GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service commissioner, agreed with the IG’s recommendation.

In addition, HSPD-12’s business model and related interagency agreement violate a rule that allows an agency to spend a current year’s appropriations based on when it signs a contract. GSA officials told the IG they were working out an agreement to solve the problems.

The managed service office also violated governmentwide procurement policies because some office employees without contracting authority placed multiple customer agency orders, the IG said.

In their review, auditors could not find pricing information on 45 percent of more than 500 orders because the orders did not have a ceiling limit. GSA officials said they had revised the orders and have changed ordering policies, the report stated.

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Reader comments

Tue, Sep 21, 2010 Jeffrey A. Williams

HSPD-12 went too far and has such a huge amount of overhead it nearly defeates the purpose intended. Current forms of PKI two factor authentication if managed closely and correctly will work better, more efficiently and as such end up providing overall better security.

Tue, Sep 21, 2010 Mr T Florida

Just another way to spend billions on something that should have been less complicated. Maybe someday the IG will actually find something that was timely, underbudget, and works!

Mon, Sep 20, 2010 TJ Con. US

Font size? How about electronic verification rather than using it as a "flash pass". Sounds like NIH clearly has work to do. And there was a reference to RSA tokens? Take note, it is not just the surety of the technology, but it is the process of enrolment as well. With such a lack of vision, and understanding it is about the identity verification, PIV will fail to provide Federal Agencies any form of surety at all. With some organizations being so lazy, it may as well be a simple piece of PVC and printed artwork.

Mon, Sep 20, 2010 WOR

Well, if the IG didn't find some stuff wrong just imagine what might happen. They could even decrease his budget.

Mon, Sep 20, 2010

This whole thing cried out for being common-serviced from day one. Instead,as usual, DoD built their own little world, and got it up and running. Now the 'other' FedGov, the civilian side, is rolling out cards that look and smell just like CACs. Why pay to reinvent the wheel multiple times? All federal IDs, including the transport workers and 'trusted traveler' (if that ever comes back to life), need to be in one format, and the data store needs to be standardized so the various piles of data can interact with each other as needed. They are making this way more complicated than it should have been.

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