After the General Services Administration (GSA) spent $181 million to combine the efforts of the working services of the Central Contractor Registration (CCR), the Excluded Parties List System, and Online Representations and Certification Application together into one main service known as System of Awards Management (SAM) they haven’t stopped running into constant issues and problems with the service.
SAM already according to The Swine Line.org, reports that the System for Awards Management is already $85 million over budget for an online page designed to streamline the procurement process for federal agencies. The System for Awards Management, which every business must register with in order to receive federal government contract work was completed and released this past July. However, in just a few days after the launch date, numerous problems were in encountered for users resulting in a system wide shut down that the GSA stated to be from ‘performance issues.’ After a few quick fixed, the GSA had the system up and running again in early August. However, despite SAM being back online, users are still reporting significant errors and problems using the new service on the Contracting Tips Blog. SAM’s launch had already been delayed by two months in order for technicians to add additional capabilities and tweak the system.
The duo to make sure that GSA’s System for Awards Management now turns a corner are Casey Coleman, GSA’s CIO, and Mary Davie, Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner. Jackeline Stewart, Deputy Press Secretary at GSA stated “GSA will ensure that the short-term fixes and the long-term vision of creating a common acquisition platform across government rest squarely with the leadership of our acquisitions and technical experts.” Stewart also went on to say that Dan Tagherlin, the current acting GSA Administrator was going to follow their key metrics to make sure SAM’s progress stays on schedule for immediate repair. According to The Washington Post, Dan Tagherlin was recently appointed this past April as acting GSA Administrator due to an immense spending scandal of government funds of $823,000 in U.S. tax payer capital, during a 5 day retreat in Las Vegas, NV. After Two Senate Committees reviewed GSA’s budget, more extensive spending was unearthed and further forms of delinquency. Since the recent scandal the GSA has been trying to repair their image and recover. Jackeline Stewart of the GSA quoted, “Mary Davie and Casey Coleman are now responsible to getting SAM working.”