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July 17, 1990

PACIFICORP FINDS NEW GROUNDS TO ACCUSE UNCLE SAM OF FAVOURING IBM

By CBR Staff Writer

Having persuaded regulators of bias in the US Navy towards IBM over plug-compatible suppliers, the disgruntled competitors led by PacifiCorp Capital Inc are looking for a few more victories and according to Government Computer News, the Reston, Virginia-based PacifiCorp subsidiary is now complaining of bias in favour of IBM at the US Department of State and the Agency for International Development in connection with two IBM mainframe acquisitions made by the Federal agencies. The first is a sole-source acquisition for an IBM 3090-200E bought by the Navy Regional Data Automation Centresfor the State Department, the second is a single-source procurement by the Agency of an IBM 3090 S model. The company reckons that State paid hundred thousand dollars more than it should have done for the 3090-200E. IBM dismisses the complaints as mere publicity-seeking on PacifiCorp’s behalf, PacifiCorp retorts that it is concerned at the waste of taxpayers’ money in the deals.

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