Sole-Source Shenanigans and Federal Government Contracts

My recently-released book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, stands as the end product of an exhaustive four-year investigation during which I connected the dots between three memos — including one issued by James R. Clapper Jr. while he was serving as Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence — and hundreds of American and Coalition Forces casualties in Afghanistan that resulted from so-called “Green-on-Blue” or “Insider” attacks. Among the dots connected is one involving suspect contracting practices among federal government agencies.

TheClapperMemoFrontCoverLR 6-5-13When it comes to issuing contracts, it’s not unusual for federal government officials to declare one contractor as the only one capable of doing the work or providing the equipment and/or service(s) needed; hence, the phrase, “sole source.”

I dedicate two entire chapters of THE CLAPPER MEMO to the role officials inside the National Institute of Justice (i.e., the Department of Justice‘s research, development and evaluation arm), have played in a technological “turf war” that has been raging silently in this country and around the world for more than 40 years. Not surprisingly, their role involves issuing sole-source contracts worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant money to study challengers to the DoJ-preferred polygraph.

Beginning in April 2009 and continuing until early 2013, I used the Freedom of Information Act and state “sunshine” laws to obtain copies of hundreds of contract- and/or grant-related email messages exchanged between officials at NIJ and recipients of the agency’s research dollars. Those messages not only opened my eyes to the questionable inner workings of the agency and its grant system, but they showed me how the system has been corrupted to help backers of century-old polygraph technology get a “leg up” over a non-polygraph technology that has proven its value time and again.

If you don’t believe sole-source contracting is a problem, ask Larry Crain. His experience on the “short end” of a sole-source contracting arrangement was highlighted in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article July 9.

DIA Return Address on EnvelopeNeed even more proof? Take a look at the piece I published July 5 about the Defense Intelligence Agency‘s year-long effort to hide details of its sole-source contracts for “portable polygraph” devices.

Finally, if you want to learn how the contracting shenanigans I uncovered connect to the “Green-on-Blue” or “Insider” attacks in Afghanistan, order a copy of THE CLAPPER MEMO. It’s available in paperback and ebook versions at

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Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct '11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May '13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct ’11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May ’13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

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About BobMcCarty

A native of Enid, Oklahoma, Bob McCarty graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in journalism in 1984. During the next two decades, he served stints as an Air Force public affairs officer, a political campaign manager, a technology sales consultant and a public relations professional. Today, Bob spends most of his time researching topics, writing about them and publishing those writings. When he’s not writing online, he’s working as an author. Bob’s first published book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice (October 2011), chronicles the life story and wrongful conviction of Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart, a highly-decorated Green Beret combat veteran. In his second book, THE CLAPPER MEMO (May 2013), Bob connects the dots between a memo signed by James R. Clapper Jr. — the man now serving as our nation’s top intelligence official — and the deaths of dozens of Americans in Afghanistan at the hands of our so-called Afghan “allies” wearing the uniforms of their nation’s military, police and security forces. Bob is married, has three sons and lives in the St. Louis area. Bob is available for media and blogger interviews. Simply drop a comment here, leaving your name, organization, phone number, e-mail address and area of interest. He’ll try to respond as soon as possible.

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