How Can Parsons Or Anyone Award Relief To PIP With PIP's MO?
GOOG: "Murtha & Pharmathene" for thousands of hits about exactly what PIP is other than POOP!
Why weren't influence peddling & all the sleaze that goes with it raised & that PIP felt so powerful with Murtha & his"cronies" that they thought that they could falsify data to FDA & get away with it among other power plays?
Why wasn't the case characterized as influence peddling/buying by a small startup biotechthat was cancelled because Murtha passed
& not because of the "bad faith" of both cagey parties?
In light of what really appeared to go down, letting PIP's suit go forward to the courts in Del makes a mockery of the system,NWJ?
Influence peddling in government contracting is not unique to biotech in general or PharmAthene in particular. Issues with these biodefense contractors and allegations of influence peddling go way back. Look at Blog from Scientific American last year (see "Anthrax vaccine – To the victor, the spoils" for a more complete background on this unique industry niche and some of the issues, which go way back) regarding BioPort, the original monopoly holder with regard to U.S. government contracts for anthrax vaccines. Influence peddling this time coming from opposite side of political spectrum but obviously far greater issue (both in terms of $ and human health) associated from BioPort/Emergent than PharmAthene. Participation by PharmAthene in contracting/evaluation of next generation anthrax vaccine (though obviously caught up in the same lobbying/influence game) actually represents an improvement by expanding competition. No differently than BARDA appears to be waiting on Chimerix before reintroducing RFP process for larger stockpile of smallpox antivirals rather than face continued criticism for sole-source contract issued to SIGA under other than full and open competition.
"No differently than BARDA appears to be waiting on Chimerix before reintroducing RFP process for larger stockpile of smallpox antivirals"
What went on at PIP is ongoing at CMX!
CMX is and has been using taxpayer grants money awarded for R & D to "contribute" to politicians/lobbyists to intimidate/influence/whatever BARDA to delay the larger award possibly endangering National Security &
possibly violating the terms of the grants,NWJ?
"rather than face continued criticism for sole-source contract issued to SIGA
under other than full and open competition."
Under pressure from CMX's politicians/;lobbyists, BARDA "cancelled" a Small Business award to SIGA &
issued an RFP open to any and all repondents.
Only ONE entity,SIGA, submitted a proposal to BARDA because only ONE entity,SIGA, could comply with the specifications/requirements of the BARDA RFP.
SIGA was awarded the contract because it was & still is the only entity with a CURE for smallpox & that's what made it a sole source contract,NWJ?
"Influence peddling in government contracting is not unique"
It may not be "unique" but it is corrupt or criminal when that peddling results in USG grants/contracts from which "contributions" are made to the politicians by management/employees/the company directly or indirectly via contributions to lobbyists who contribute directly to politicians or who contribute indirectly to politicans via huge speaking fees/whatever using taxpayer money when that money was awarded for research & development or for product,NWJ?