IG Report: Federal Personnel Officials Steered Contracts to Favored Company

April 11, 2013

High-ranking officials at the federal government’s personnel agency steered business to one contractor in violation of procurement and ethics rules, misusing their positions and wasting taxpayer money, an inspector general investigation released Thursday found.

The officials circumvented competitive bidding at the Office of Personnel Management, directing a subcontractor to award at least three contracts to Stewart Liff, a human resources and management consultant, the report said. The government could have obtained the services for much less money through open competition, the report by Inspector General Patrick E. McFarland found.

McFarland’s office issued an interim report on his probe on the day that OPM chief John Berry announced his departure after four years. Berry requested the probe in 2011, and there is no evidence he was aware of the violations, the report said.

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