Grounds for debarment or too big to fail?
According to the memorandum in support of the proposed debarment, a Booz Allen employee disclosed sensitive, non-public government procurement data. The employee, Joselito Meneses, was hired as a senior associate at Booz Allen’s San Antonio office in April 2011. He formerly served as a deputy chief of information technology at the Air Force, where he had achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
According to the memo, on his first day of work, Meneses brought along a hard drive containing non-public source selection and bid or proposal information he obtained while working at the Air Force. At 9:28 a.m., shortly after arriving at the office, he sent out an email to co-workers containing sensitive pricing and labor mix data relating to an Air Force contract for IT work that Booz Allen intended to bid on when the contract expired. The data would have given Booz Allen an unfair competitive advantage. The four co-workers to whom Meneses sent the email were also proposed for debarment, as was Meneses back in September.
Here’s where things get interesting. The memo notes that, prior to starting work, Meneses attended at least six days of orientation and training – including training on the company-wide ethics program—at both Booz Allen’s McLean, Virginia headquarters and its San Antonio branch. The memo also mentions that Meneses retired from the Air Force in May 2008.
Thus, the Booz Allen incident can be considered a successful failure of the contracting system. It happened despite the presence of the usual accountability safeguards—Meneses went through several days of (we assume) rigorous ethics training, and he was hired after a “cooling-off” period of almost three years. But the wrongdoers were eventually caught (a Booz Allen employee reported Meneses’ email to the company’s legal department), the Air Force suspension and debarment office took the necessary precautions, and Booz Allen ended up withdrawing from the contract competition. The parties involved could also face prosecution under the Procurement Integrity Act. (Click HERE for article)
Un-Do Influence: Air Force’s Revolving Door Helped Booz Allen Hamilton Get Unfair Edge
Joe Newman – (POGO) – February 11, 2012 – Global consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton is paying the price for playing fast and loose with federal contracting rules. But it’s how Booz Allen’s San Antonio operations may have obtained information from a competitor that takes our facepalm ratings to a new low.
According to a Feb. 6 Air Force memo, in April 2011, Booz Allen hired retired Air Force Lt. Col. Joselito Meneses, who had served as deputy chief in the Information Technology division of the Medical Support Agency under the Office of the Air Force Surgeon General.
On his first day of work for Booz Allen, Meneses arrived with a hard-drive containing non-public information he had obtained during his Air Force tenure.
Some of the data on the drive was proprietary information from one of Booz Allen’s competitors, which the San Antonio office used to help shape its own bid to the Air Force, according to the memo.
As a result, the Booz Allen’s San Antonio unit has been suspended and recommended for debarment. The company fired Meneses after a whistleblower brought the activity to the attention of company officials. (Click HERE for article)
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