The Department of Homeland Security has some ‘splaining to do…
The project started in 2003 with a $2 million contract to help the new Department of Homeland Security quickly get an intelligence operation up and running.
Over the next year, the cost of the no-bid arrangement with consultant Booz Allen Hamilton soared by millions of dollars per month, as the firm provided analysts, administrators and other contract employees to the department’s Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection offices.
By December 2004, payments to Booz Allen had exceeded $30 million — 15 times the contract’s original value. When department lawyers examined the deal, they found it was “grossly beyond the scope” of the original contract, and they said the arrangement violated government procurement rules. The lawyers advised the department to immediately stop making payments through the contract and allow other companies to compete for the work.
But the competition did not take place for more than a year. During that time, the payments to Booz Allen more than doubled again under a second no-bid arrangement, to $73 million, according to internal documents, e-mail and interviews.
No bid contracts are just flat out dumb and may I be so bold as to say…Unamerican? This country is built on competition, and these contracts should be no exception.
But tell me why these were no-bid again? What was the reason?