Nextgov: Former GSA IT Contracting Officer Sentenced in Bribery Scheme

“A former federal contracting officer who oversaw the General Services Administration’s IT Schedule 70 was sentenced this week to nearly two years in prison after pleading guilty to federal bribery charges.”

“Ronnie Simpkins, 68, of Maryland, served as a contracting officer at GSA since 1989, according to his LinkedIn profile. Simpkins oversaw contracts on IT Schedule 70 from February 2010 to August 2017, for the majority of which he was receiving bribes from a commercial vendor to skirt eligibility rules and avoid paying fees required of all GSA vendors.”

“According to prosecutors, a Northern Virginia company—referred to only as ‘Company A’ in court documents—was awarded a spot on Schedule 70 in 2006. However, the vendor failed to report any government sales.”

“Per regulations, vendors must sell at least $25,000 in goods and services to federal agencies each fiscal year to retain a spot on a GSA contract. While Company A failed to meet this metric, the requirement can be waived by an appropriate contracting officer, which Simpkins did for nearly six years…” Read the full article here.

Source: Former GSA IT Contracting Officer Sentenced in Bribery Scheme – By Aaron Boyd, October 9, 2020. Nextgov.

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