Federal funds come with strings attached, including a requirement for competitive bidding, and, as the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) found out this week, not following these requirements can be costly. WMATA agreed this week to settle a case involving conflict of interest, violation fo whistleblower laws, and outright deceit in its procurement practices. The total WMATA payout is $5.6 million. Per the Washington Post, in 2010 WMATA contracted with the computer ...

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