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Air Force suspends Booz Allen office from further contracts

Feb. 9, 2012 - 06:00AM   |  
By SARAH CHACKO   |   Comments
(FILE)

The Air Force suspended indefinitely Booz Allen Hamilton's San Antonio office from future federal contracts and has proposed its debarment.

A former Air Force officer working in a Booz Allen San Antonio office allegedly shared with company colleagues protected proprietary information obtained from the Air Force, including pricing data and labor rates, on an expiring contract held by the company NIC, according to a Feb. 6 memo by the Air Force deputy general counsel, which was reported by FederalNewsRadio.

The Air Force memo said Booz Allen's San Antonio office was planning to compete for a contract to replace the $75 million IT Modernization Services contract, which expires this year. The contract provides information technology support services for Air Force medical programs.

Retired Lt. Col. Joselito Meneses, who was hired last April as a senior associate at Booz Allen Hamilton's San Antonio office, allegedly shared non-public information with his co-workers about the contract, the memo states.

Meneses was hired to oversee business development in the regional military and civilian health markets, as well as all Air Force medical accounts, according to the memo. Meneses most recently served as deputy chief of the information technology division within the Air Force Medical Support Agency surgeon general's office.

Another Booz Allen employee reported the incident to the company's legal department, according to the memo. Meneses was fired and the company did not compete for the contract, the memo says.

The Air Force's deputy general counsel is investigating the matter.

The office's suspension will continue until the Air Force decides whether to debar the company. If the office is debarred, it would be prohibited from receiving any federal contract or task order for up to three years.

No other Booz Allen Hamilton office is affected by the suspension.

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