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Scandal drives out Intelligent Decisions CEO

Intelligent Decisions CEO Harry Martin has stepped down in the midst of a scandal involving what the company is calling “improper gratuities” that were paid to a former Defense Department procurement officer.

Joe Armstrong, the company’s chief financial officer, has been appointed president of Intelligent Decisions.

From reading the company statement, Armstrong is strongly trying to reassure employees and customers that the company is stable and ethical.

“Although these violations occurred five years ago, Intelligent Decisions views any failure to conduct our business according to the strictest legal and ethical standards as a serious matter,” Mr. Armstrong said in a statement.

The company said that Martin reported the gratuities to federal authorities and has “accepted full responsibility for the company’s actions.”

“We have learned a great deal from this experience, and we are focused now on moving forward and delivering exceptional service and support to our valued clients,” Armstrong said in the statement.

The incidents date back to 2005, but it is unclear when they were reported.

Armstrong also said in the statement that the company has been working closely with the Justice Department.

“We have taken proactive steps to enhance our compliance programs and ethics training,” he said. “We are committed to continuing our cooperation with the government and to taking all steps required to ensure that these incidents never reoccur.”

The company declined to comment beyond its statement. The Justice Department and U.S. Attorney’s office also didn’t respond to calls for more information.

This leaves several unanswered questions including whether this is a criminal or civil action or if there is an ongoing investigation.

Also unclear is what comprises an “improper gratuity.”

Martin founded Intelligent Decisions in 1988, so another question is what is his connection to the company going forward? Will he remain the company’s owner and just not be involved in operations?

Martin’s resignation was first reported by the Washington Business Journal.

Posted by Nick Wakeman on Oct 28, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Reader Comments

Wed, Mar 11, 2015

Nick, Great article! Back in October the owner of Intelligent Decisions Inc., Harry Martin resigned as president and CEO of Intelligent Decisions Inc. after the Justice Department determined that "improper gratuities" were paid to a former Pentagon procurement officer. The issue here is that Harry still owns 100% of Intelligent Decisions, Inc. and is listed in the Government's System for Award Management (SAM) as ineligible for Government Contracts based upon adequate evidence of conduct indicating a lack of business honesty or integrity, or a lack of business integrity. The SAM suspension goes on to say that Agencies shall not solicit offers from, award contracts to renew, place new orders with, or otherwise extend the duration of current contracts, or consent to subcontracts in excess of $30,000 (other than commercially available off-the-shelf items (COTS)), with these contractors unless the agency head (or designee) determines in writing there is a compelling reason to do so. So how is it that Harry Martin the owner of Intelligent Decisions Inc. is listed as ineligible in SAM, he admits guilt in a Justice Department case, he takes a plea deal with Justice, and steps down as CEO, but the company he still owns is allowed to receive two major government contracts awards in one week including an award for Air Force NECENTS?

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