The General Service Administration’s (GSA’s) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released its semiannual report to Congress on November 27, recommending $79 million in cost savings for the time period.

The report, a summary of GSA OIG’s work during the six-month period between April and September, included multiple audits of IT practices. The report highlighted the inspector general’s audit of the McKinsey professional services contract, the inspection of GSA’s transition efforts for the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract, and examination of GSA’s purchases from the NASA SEWP contract, among other efforts.

The semiannual report also noted a nonpublic report on a cybersecurity flaw in a GSA system and four nonpublic management alerts to the CIO about employees sending sensitive information to their private email accounts. The inspector general, Carol Ochoa, underscored the importance of improved cybersecurity for the agency.

“Our audits and inspections also continued to identify weaknesses in important GSA information systems and security breaches by GSA employees. Consequently, we again identified cybersecurity as an area that needs leadership focus in our report on the most significant management challenges facing GSA,” wrote Ochoa in a letter prefacing the report.

The semiannual report also notes that GSA has four unimplemented recommendations on IT-related reports from 2019.

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