Members of Congress are criticizing the awards the Department of Homeland Security has made under its EAGLE II program for potentially wasting money.
Reps. Mike McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, and Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., chairman of the subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency, said in a letter Nov. 8 that DHS took too long to award the contracts, wrote a poorly worded solicitation and didn’t allow businesses to update their offers.
The lawmakers wrote the requirements in the solicitation were so poorly worded any company could technically qualify for the contract.
“This makes it virtually impossible to distinguish the true capabilities among companies and allowed untested companies to receive the awards,” the lawmakers wrote.
The lawmakers asked for detailed answers to questions, such as why it took nearly three years to award the contract and whether DHS ignored past performance in awarding spots on the contract.
The lawmakers also asked DHS to provide details on how much money DHS spent preparing the solicitation and how much it is expected to spend on EAGLE II and in general for IT services in fiscal 2014.