United States Information Agency's Use of Consultant Services

NSIAD-85-85: Published: May 23, 1985. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 1985.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO analyzed the use of consultants by the United States Information Agency (USIA).

GAO found that USIA justifications for the use of consultants were often vague and did not include adequate descriptions of consultants' duties or of USIA expectations. In addition, GAO found that USIA erroneously paid 60 percent of the paid consultants that GAO studied.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Director, USIA, should ensure that consultants and agency personnel responsible for their compensation are informed about consultant pay entitlements.

    Agency Affected: United States Information Agency

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Director, USIA, should review consultant payrolls to ensure that agency regulations are being followed and consultants are being paid properly.

    Agency Affected: United States Information Agency

  3. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: Overpayments of $3030.72 identified are not of sufficient magnitude to warrant preparation of an accomplishment report.

    Recommendation: The Director, USIA, should direct the Office of the Comptroller General to correct the erroneous payments GAO identified.

    Agency Affected: United States Information Agency

 

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