GSA’s IG audit of GSA schedules in 2016 found large price discrepancies between identical items. For instance, the cost of one of Sharp’s 70-inch LED Smart TVs showed prices ranging from $1,597 to $3,000. The audit also turned up prices much lower on commercial products. In addition, from August 2014 to July 2015, most IT schedule purchases were for top-selling items priced higher than the lowest IT schedule price, completely defeating the purpose of the Schedules program. (Nextgov, May 21, 2019)
Recommendations to correct the disparities include:
- Verify prices for identical IT schedule items by price analysis
- Improve price protection for IT schedule reseller contracts by setting controls
- Ensure contracting officers receive accurate and complete information around manufacturers’ commercial sales practices (ibid)
Per the review by the IG, the Federal Acquisition Service has taken “appropriate corrective actions” to address these price inconsistencies.
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