18F facing complaints after reverse auction sees $1 bid

Editor's Note: Complaints have been voiced via Twitter. So far, no official complaints have been made.

The General Services Administration is facing complaints after the winning bidder of an 18F reverse auction to buy code for the agency resulted in a $1 bid., according to FCW.

The winning bidder, Brendan Sudol, has a steady job at a startup and felt he could afford to throw the government a bone, FCW reported, but his methods have others questioning the legality of his offer.

Complaints question whether it is legal for the government to pay less than minimum wage as well as the bidding setup.

But GSA and 18F are standing by the auction, which started at $3,499 so they could follow micropurchase rules, as a success.

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Reader Comments

Tue, Nov 10, 2015

Is the purpose of the a reverse auction to compete fairly on price or is the government now accepting pro-bono work or gifts from consultants?

Tue, Nov 10, 2015

While 18F gets some surprising kudos, we need to stop and think: GSA remains a very troubled agency. When are we the customers and the taxpayers going to say to its executive management: stop trying to a "government agency in business" and get on with good ole services. Time to stop paying 9 to 5 civil servants to attempt to burnish their resumes for their post-retirement job with Deloitte or some other overpriced spread.

Tue, Nov 10, 2015

Here is to hoping they get-what-they-pay for.

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