The Internal Revenue Service said Wednesday it is moving to cut ties with a favored software vendor after learning that one of the agency’s top procurement officials had improper contact with the firm’s owner, one of a handful of troubling revelations Congressional investigators have uncovered about the company.
The firm in question, Strong Castle, Inc., is at the center of separate investigations by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Both have been probing allegations that the IRS’ deputy director for IT acquisition, Greg Roseman, gave preferential treatment and inside information to Strong Castle’s owner, who the committee called a longtime friend of Roseman.
Witnesses also claimed Strong Castle engaged in fraud to win its contracts, though evidence the investigations have publicly produced to date suggest the company’s activities fell within at least the letter of the law, if not its intent.
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