Contract officers told to use FedBid
As far back as 2012, a Department of Veterans Affairs advisory board was warning about excessive sway that reverse auction firm FedBid, a well-connected contractor employing former top White House officials, had on VA contracting officers.
One internal VA email obtained by The Washington Times shows that the VA advisory group warned in 2012 that contracting officers inside the Veterans Health Administration had been told that “the use of FedBid is mandatory, and that they can take no other path.”
That and other emails obtained by The Times provide further evidence that some VHA employees had cozy relationships with FedBid — the subject of a scathing inspector general’s report last week.
Investigators found that a top VHA contracting official, Susan Taylor, along with FedBid officials, plotted to discredit another VA official who questioned whether the company’s reverse auction business saved the government as much money as the contractor claimed.
Ms. Taylor, who has since been removed from her job, leaked nonpublic information, gave false statements and strongarmed staff into using FedBid, according to the report, which also revealed the company’s aggressive behind-the-scenes lobbying.
“Need to assassinate his character and discredit him,” former FedBid President Glenn Richardson wrote in an email to