White House:

Acquisition of Automated Resume Processing System

GGD-93-117: Published: Jun 17, 1993. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 1993.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the White House's acquisition and use of the Resumix computer system, focusing on whether: (1) federal acquisition regulations were followed in acquiring Resumix; (2) Resumix is an appropriate system compared to other systems; (3) the Resumix project manager had financial interests with Resumix suppliers; and (4) recent White House computer acquisitions could perform the same tasks as Resumix.

GAO found that: (1) Resumix appears to be an improvement over the existing Office of Presidential Personnel system, since the system uses more modern technology, is less labor-intensive, and has the capability to reduce White House staff costs; (2) White House officials used a sole-source contract to lease Resumix because of the urgent need for the system; (3) efforts to meet sole-source procurement regulations were underway but had not been completed as of June 1993; (4) it is not possible to determine whether Resumix is the most cost-effective system to meet resume processing needs at the White House without competition of interested vendors and a comparison of the cost to update the existing system; and (5) financial statements of the Resumix project manager did not reflect financial interests with Resumix suppliers.

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