Investigation Leads To $1 Million Recovery from USAID Contractor

Investigation Significant Activities

Pursuant to an OIG investigation, a U.S. based contractor was issued a Bill for Collection in the amount of $1,046,253.00 for failing to obtain a Contracting Officer's approval prior to leasing non-U.S. made vehicles on a long-term basis as required by the terms and conditions of the contract. In addition, the contractor entered into non-competitive long-term contracts on an exclusive basis to lease the vehicles. The lack of an approved source origin waiver, a cursory review of the local market, and the failure to compete a large procurement; is a violation of the guiding principles of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) manual, which seeks to promote competition to the maximum extent possible.