Former USACE program manager Michael A. Alexander & contractor plead guilty to kickback scheme
Alexander worked for the Army Corps of Engineers from 1979 until the time of his arrest, in October 2011. According to a statement of offense signed by Alexander, he was a program manager with the Directorate of Contingency Operations. In that position, Alexander had authority, among other things, to obtain funding for Army Corps of Engineers projects, including money for projects and programs placed through federal government contracts. He also was responsible for developing requirements for projects and programs. Alexander produced and actively managed a $54 million budget.
The scheme involved the Army Corps of Engineers and two contracts: the Technology for Infrastructure, Geospatial, and Environmental Requirements (TIGER) contract and the Contingency Operations Readiness Engineering & Support (CORES) contract.
The TIGER contract was used by authorized federal government agencies and departments to purchase products and services. It is what is known as an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract. Authorized agencies and departments are not required to obtain three separate bids or to compare the TIGER contract to another contract before submitting an invoice for products and services through the TIGER contract.
The CORES contract was a planned contract, envisioned as an alternative or potential replacement to the TIGER contract. As planned, the CORES contract would be a five-year contract with an award potential for all contracts placed under it of up to $780 million. The CORES contract has not been issued for solicitation to potential prime contractors.
In his guilty plea, Alexander admitted to carrying out a bribery scheme with others. They included Kerry F. Khan, a colleague, who was then a program manager with the Army Corps of Engineers; Harold F. Babb, the former director of contracts at Eyak Technology LLC (EyakTek), an Alaska Native-owned small business; Alex N. Cho, the former chief technology officer of Nova Datacom, LLC, a provider of information assurance and security services to federal agencies and commercial companies, and McKinney, the president of Alpha Technology Group, Inc., a provider of program management services.
According to the statement of offense, in or around 2006, Alexander and Khan agreed to work together to obtain government contracts for corrupt contractors who would reward them with bribes. Khan had authority, among other things, to place orders for products and services for the Army Corps of Engineers through government contracts, including the TIGER contract, and to certify that the work on the contracts had been completed.
From May 2007 through October 2008, the Army Corps of Engineers awarded contracts and sub-contracts to Alpha Technology, totaling about $1,877,000. McKinney paid Khan a portion of the money that was received, and Khan provided Alexander with $99,100.
From May 2007 through October 2011, the Army Corps of Engineers awarded contracts and sub-contracts to Nova Datacom totaling more than $45 million.