The General Services Administration’s inspector general is investigating fraudulent activity on its contractor and grantee registration website after someone allegedly redirected federal payments to bank accounts not tied to the appropriate contractors.
GSA officials acknowledged the activity on its System for Award Management website, or SAM.gov, in a March 22 update on its site, saying that “only a limited number of entities” have been impacted by the activity.
“GSA's System for Award Management (SAM) is supporting an active investigation by the GSA Office of Inspector General (OIG) into alleged, third party fraudulent activity in SAM,” the notice said. “At this time, only a limited number of entities registered in SAM are suspected of being impacted by this fraudulent activity.”
Government contractors, grant seekers and grantees have been required to register on the site since 2012, providing information like the data universal numbering system — or DUNS — number, Taxpayer Identification Number, bank account numbers and bank routing numbers for electronic payments.
Agency officials advised SAM entities to log into the site and check their financial information, including whether anticipated payments from federal agencies had been paid to bank accounts they didn’t register.
It will be interesting to see how the investigation unfolds, and what problems within the SAM.gov registration system allowed for this fraudulent activity to happen.
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