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Tag: Contracts

FBI Blasted for Biased Bids Favoring Motorola for Two-Way Radio System

Logo-MotorolaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI – again – violated procurement rules in awarding a bid to Motorola Solutions for a new two-way radio system, the Government Accountability Office has concluded.

The Sun Herald reports that the GAO determined that the FBI solicited bids based on features that only Motorola can provide.

The contract was worth $335 million.

Lawyers for the GAO urged the FBI to cancel the solicitations after Motorola rival Harris Corp. protested.

The FBI has been trying to replace its 30-year-old Motorola system.

FBI Raids Allentown City Hall in Pennsylvania; Many Questions Loom

Allentown, PA

Allentown, PA

A federal grand jury investigation has prompted FBI agents to raid Allentown City Hall in Pennsylvania last week, The Morning Call reports. 

Agents spent hours collecting records dating from 2005 to present, said Susan Ellis Wild, Allentown’s solicitor.

“There are a number of things in the search warrant,” Wild said. “It was not terribly specific.”

What remains unclear is target of the investigation.

Some city officials have said they were interviewed by the FBI about city contracts, but they didn’t offer more details.

FBI Probe of Trenton Mayor Tony Mack Involves Environmental Clean Up Company

Mayor Tony Mack

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ongoing investigation of Trenton Mayor Tony Mack includes an environmental cleanup that was awarded city work at rates much higher than quotes obtained from three competitors, reports the Times of Trenton, citing recently obtained records.

Turns out, according to the records, the company Clean Green received the job without a written contract. And the person who exclusively handled the quote is Charles Hall III, a recreation department worker who has been identified as a cooperating witness.

The firm was paid $22,000 to remove contaminated soil, even though another company that had been recommended for the job was not chosen, despite a bid at just $12,500, the Times of Trenton reports.

Clean Green and its founder, Eric Wallace, are named in FBI subpoenas and search warrants involved in a wide-ranging investigation of Mack’s investigation.