by Deb Cupples | A willing accomplice or someone who just doesn't care about wasted tax dollars likely thinks it's better to appear incompetent than unconcerned or knowingly complicit in waste, fraud or abuse. I don't believe for an instant that the folks handling the FBI's private contracts are too stupid to anticipate problems or learn from mistakes. Some of it is just sooo elementary.
In May 2001, DynCorp got (what was supposed to be) a $132 million contract for the FBI's Trilogy project, aimed at upgrading the FBI's computer networks worldwide. DynCorp's contract bid beat out bids from other companies including Lockheed Martin. (Washington Technology).
Fast forward to 2004, when the GAO audited the Trilogy project (after cost overruns and performance problems). The GAO found the actual costs tush far to be about $537 million and that a major part of the project was unfeasible despite the (tax) money so far spent.