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Stimulus-contract weirdness at DMS



Something odd happened when the Department of Management Services bid out its broadband mapping contract, using federal stimulus money. A high bidder from out of state won the bid while a low bidder from Tallahassee didn't.

It's all pretty durn complicated, and DMS said it couldn't comment while a bid protest was going on. And with indictment of Alan Mendelsohn, the drama at the PSC, the looming budget deficit, the Senate and governor's races, we let this one drop. But Public Knowledge, a nonprofit group that has made life hell for the high bidder, Connected Nation, has been following this oh-so-closely.

From today's blog:

"Connected Nation, the big-telecom and cable front group, has won a lucrative broadband mapping contract in Florida by buying off the company that protested CN getting the contract.

When we last left Connected Nation near the end of August, the big-telecom and cable front group had won a big contract for the state of Florida, despite submitting the high bid while beating a bid half as expensive from a company based in Florida which did considerable business with the state.

That decision, issued in August by the Florida Dept. of Management Services (DMS), was challenged by The Sanborn Map Company, a Colorado Springs-based company that had its bid thrown out as non-responsive to the Request for Proposal before, and so was not scored by the state for a possible award as one of the final six bids considered. Sanborn, in its letter filed in August, gave five reasons why its proposal should have been considered. Other companies, such as ISC from Tallahassee, which ranked second to Connected Nation in the scoring awards, didn’t file a protest."

Read more here

--Marc Caputo

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:21pm]


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