Con­tract of­fi­cers told to use FedBid

The Washington Times Weekly - - National - BY JIM MCELHATTON

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

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