Department of Health and Human Services

Office of Inspector General -- AUDIT

"Emergency Response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita:  Audit of Program Support Centerís Award Process for a Contract With Educational Services, Inc.," (A-03-06-00505)

March 12, 2007

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:

This audit is one of a series of reviews of procurements by the Program Support Center (PSC) in response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. 

Educational Services, Inc.’s (ESI) existing contract obligated ESI to provide logistical support for conferences. Modifications to the contract obligated ESI to furnish travel services to hurricane victims and responders.

PSC complied with Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and HHS Acquisition Regulations requirements during the award process for modifications. The modifications were within the scope of the existing contract, which was based on full and open competition. Pursuant to FAR 6.001(c), the modifications were exempt from requirements for full and open competition.