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 Avaya, Inc.," (A-03-06-00510)

March 27, 2007

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:

This audit is one of several reviews of procurements by the Program Support Center (PSC) and other components of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. 

The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and the Health and Human Services Acquisition Regulation (HHSAR) provide, among other things, that HHS agencies award each contract to a responsible party and document compliance with requirements for full and open competition and the determination that the price was fair and reasonable. 

As part of HHS’s hurricane relief operations, PSC awarded a contract to Avaya, Inc. (Avaya), to furnish computer hardware and software to upgrade telephone systems in support of emergency operations. Our objective was to determine whether PSC complied with FAR and HHSAR requirements during the award process involving Avaya. PSC complied with the requirements.