The Department of Defense via the Inspector General’s Office (OIG) has issued a report highlighting serious vulnerabilities with the ENCORE III program, a large-scale IT endeavor with a $17.5 billion budget that delivers IT services and solutions to the Department of Defense and other agencies.
According to the report, contractors earned millions of dollars without sufficient verification of their work as a result of untrained overseers in charge of regulating contractor performance and monitoring project development. The report revealed that many of the CORs lacked the proper credentials. As a result, $24.2 million was given to contractors without reasonable certainty that contractor information technology services satisfied task order criteria.
The OIG says contracting officers representatives (CORs) appointed to manage the program were determined to be untrained, despite the fact that they were in charge of confirming payments and ensuring that the work conducted matched ENCORE III criteria.
The report, which only covered five of the ongoing 25 task orders, revealed that CORs failed to maintain consistent documentation of contractor performance inspections, failed to submit timely surveillance reports to contracting officers, and failed to review contractor interim vouchers to prevent improper payments. The report emphasizes the possibility of more waste inside the program, and the OIG recommends prompt action to address the concerns raised in the report.
The sources for this piece include an article in TheRegister.