Did SAIC, Jacobs write their own contract?

DOD's inspector general seems to think so

Science Applications International Corp. and Jacobs Technology apparently had a hand at writing their own Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAPs) vehicles deal, according Wired.com’s Danger Room blog.

This is just one of the findings from a Defense Department inspector general report released on July 11 that looked into a multimillion dollar contract to provide logistics and maintenance work for MRAPs, the article said.

MRAP officials improperly administered the contract and “officials inappropriately allowed the contractor to perform inherently governmental functions,” the report said. The contractors were disciplining DOD employees and helped prepare requirements for the follow-on contract that the contractor bid on and won, according to the report.

Reader Comments

Thu, Jul 14, 2011 KB9TSF

We all know this happens. It is the government person's responsibility to stand up and say "No". They need to be reminded by all of us that they manage the public's money and must do it in a way unreproachable by anyone. It is a hard and thankless job sometimes just like all meaningful work.

Wed, Jul 13, 2011

Happens all the time, particularly with the big companies. Work that was coming out of JFCOM had the same problem - unnecessary top secret level security requirements, etc., that ensured the incumbent remained the incumbent. US Government contracting officers are in bad shape, and with the many impending retirements, it doesn't look like it's going to get any better anytime soon. That's why there are so many ridiculous MAC contracts.

Wed, Jul 13, 2011 Don Howe Sterling Heights

I am shocked that this comes as a surprise. I have been doing work within the TACO since 1992. SE and SETA contractors have been writing their own SOW as long as I can remember.

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