Review of Selected Contracts Awarded by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

PSAD-79-103: Published: Sep 12, 1979. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 1979.

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A survey was made of contract administration at the Goddard Space Flight Center.

Three service contracts out of the nine reviewed were either written improperly or appeared to lack the essential internal controls for minimizing fraud and assuring that contracted services are actually provided. The administration of a sole-source painting contract had the following faults: (1) the specifications in the contract did not adequately define the work to be performed; (2) the Goddard estimate of the work to be performed was incorrect; (3) the painters did not meet contract qualification requirements; (4) the contractor's request for payment appeared excessive; (5) the calculation of actual square feet of surface area painted was incorrect; and (6) one building may not have needed painting. The award of a cost-plus-award-fee contract for health services was found to be inappropriate, and Goddard failed to verify that the services paid for were actually received. A computer support contract was found to have the potential for fraud because of a lack of security procedures to detect and prevent fraudulent or unauthorized use of the computers.

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