In the Headlines
June 29, 2012

FedBizOpps.gov Contractor Under FBI Investigation

Federal News Radio

The federal contractor running three governmentwide websites, including FedBizOpps.gov, is under investigation by the FBI for allegedly trying to access without permission websites of their competitors in the education sector. The Eastern District Court of Virginia in Alexandria issued a search warrant March 5 to the FBI. The FBI conducted the search before March 19 of Symplicity Corporation's offices in Arlington, Va.

The FBI stated in its request to the judge for the search warrant that a witness alleges Symplicity tried on several occasions since 2009 to access the networks of its competitors, Maxient LLC of Charlottesville, Va., and Pave Systems of Richardson, Texas.

"The search warrant strongly suggests to me that the government doesn't trust the company to provide records pursuant to a grand jury subpoena and the government has made the decision it is going to go and obtain those records itself and not trust the company to assist in that process. It also means that the government has made the decision that it is worth applying to a court for the search warrant and that is comfortable that it will be able to prove to the court that there is probable cause to believe that the records that the government seeks are in the location that the search warrant is written for," said John Irving, senior counsel in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group.

READ: FedBizOpps.gov Contractor Under FBI Investigation

Related News and Headlines