General Services Administration Contract Guard Services at the Anchorage Federal Building
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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A company formed in part with members of the security guard workforce at AFOB competed unsuccessfully for these two contracts and subsequently alleged bias and preselection by GSA in the contract award process. However, our review of relevant documentation and discussions with officials of GSA and the company that alleged the irregularities did not disclose any evidence of bias or preselection in GSAs award of these contracts. GSA appears to have used the appropriate wage rate of 11.09 per hour for security guards as determined by the Department of Labor DOL for federal labor contracts for the contract awarded in 1996 and for the two option-year extensions under that contract exercised in 1997 and 1998.2 For the 2-month interim contract awarded in 1999, GSA appears to have used the appropriate wage rate of 12.62. However, GSA appears to have inadvertently used an outdated DOL wage determination in its most recent contract because of a misunderstanding of the wage determination process and incorrect advice provided by DOL in 1999. As a result, GSAs most recent contract provides for an hourly wage rate of 11.09 instead of 12.62, which, according to DOL, is the correct wage rate. DOL acknowledged that similar confusion could also exist at other federal agencies concerning the use of certain wage determinations.
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