General Services Administration:

Unauthorized Activity Codes Used to Requisition New and Excess Government Property

GAO-01-221R: Published: Jan 8, 2001. Publicly Released: Feb 7, 2001.

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As of June 2000, the General Services Administration (GSA) maintained 52 activity codes identified as unauthorized to requisition government property. During the last five years, four of these codes were inappropriately used to requisition about $3,000 in new and excess government property. Although this amount represents a small percentage of total GSA requisitions made during the five-year period, existing safeguards are inadequate to prevent the use of unauthorized activity codes to requisition government property. GSA is now tracing the various items.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The General Services Administration determined that the four unauthorized activity codes did not result in an inappropriate transfer of Government property.

    Recommendation: The Administrator, General Services, should determine why the unauthorized activity codes were approved for requisitioning property and whether the requisitions resulted in an inappropriate transfer of government property.

    Agency Affected: General Services Administration

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The General Services Administration assessed the cost-effectiveness of enhancing its existing safeguards, and concluded that the expenditure did not justify the benefit.

    Recommendation: The Administrator, General Services, should assess the cost-effectiveness of enhancing GSA's existing safeguards to prevent this situation from reoccurring.

    Agency Affected: General Services Administration

 

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