By Danielle Ivory & Richard Rubin - Jun 25, 2013 6:15 PM CT
A small technology contractor that won more than $500 million in Internal Revenue Service awards in less than a year had a “cozy” relationship with an agency official, according to a congressional staff report.
Greg Roseman, an IRS deputy director, may have “influenced the selection process” to benefit his friend, Braulio Castillo, president of Washington-based Strong Castle Inc., according to the House committee document. The two exchanged frequent phone calls and text messages, the report shows.
The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, led by Representative Darrell Issa, a California Republican, is investigating how the small business, formed in late 2011, managed to attract so much contract business. The panel plans to hold a hearing tomorrow.
“What has led to the huge discrepancy between the potential for $500 million in contracts with the IRS alone and the mere $465,780 awarded by all other federal government agencies?” the report’s authors asked. “The difference is that the IRS -- where Strong Castle received well over 99 percent of its 2012 revenues -- employs Castillo’s long-time friend, Greg Roseman, who oversaw each and every contract awarded to Strong Castle by the IRS in 2012.”
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