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donsu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 12:30 PM
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GSA canceled Guantanamo interrogator contract

As part of an agencywide review of its business practices, the General Services Administration in February canceled a contract to provide interrogators for the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after officials learned the work was improperly awarded under a contract for information technology services.

In late November 2002, a GSA office procured the interrogators on behalf of the Army's Southern Command, which runs the U.S. base at Guantanamo, according to Mary Alice Johnson, a GSA spokeswoman. The interrogators were sent to question prisoners the Bush administration has held at the detention facility as part of the global war on terrorism, Johnson said.

The procurement was handled by the Kansas City regional office of GSA's Federal Technology Service, an organization that administers technology contracts for other agencies, but has come under fire for awarding work outside the scope of those agreements. The GSA inspector general is auditing FTS' 11 regional offices, and already has documented contracting abuses affecting hundreds of millions of dollars.

The Kansas City office placed a task order for the Army in late 2002 under one of thousands of contracts known as schedules that GSA administers. Affiliated Computer Services Inc., which is now a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corp., was qualified to receive work under the schedule and won the order.

the rest of the article goes into the specifics of what is happening.

Kansas City?
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