Aberdeen Proving Ground contractor settles government claim for $1.1 million

A defense contractor has agreed to pay the federal government $1.1 million to resolve allegations brought under the civil False Claims Act that the company falsified information on employee qualifications in order to collect more than allowed under a contract at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

The settlement between the government and Computer Sciences Corporation Inc. of Falls Church, Va., was announced April 15 by Rod J. Rosenstein, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland.

"When defense contractors can enrich themselves at taxpayers' expense by falsely representing that they provided expensive services, the government must be vigilant in pursuing fraudulent claims," Rosenstein said in a statement.

"The settlement agreement is neither an admission of liability by CSC nor a concession by the United States that its claims are not well-founded," states the agreement, in which both CSC and the government also agreed to be responsible for their respective legal costs.

"As reported, CSC agreed to settle certain civil claims brought by the Department of Justice related to services provided by CSC to the U.S. Army Communications Electronics Command between 2008 and 2012," the company said in a statement Friday. "CSC paid $1.1 million in the settlement in order to avoid the expense and uncertainty of protracted litigation. There was no admission of wrongdoing by CSC and, as stated by the Department of Justice, there has been no determination of liability. CSC has a stellar reputation as a high integrity government contractor and continues to provide services of the highest quality to the U.S. government."

According to the settlement agreement, prior to Jan. 1, 2008, CSC was awarded a contract through the U.S. Army Communications Electronics Command, or CECOM, based at Aberdeen Proving Ground, to provide IT support "to a number of government assets and locations worldwide."

The agreement states that CSC designs, integrates, operates and maintains satellite and wireless network solutions and telecommunications services and security systems for government and private sector customers.

The federal government made several civil claims against CSC for conduct occurring between 2008 and 2012, contending in part that CSC "billed for work performed by individuals whose job qualifications did not meet the qualifications prescribed by the contract for the labor categories under which their efforts were billed to the Army, thereby falsely increasing the amount of money…paid to CSC," the agreement states.

According to the U.S. attorney's statement, CSC allegedly submitted false resumes for employees to qualify them for higher paying positions, "thereby falsely increasing the amount of money for labor charged by Computer Sciences."

In addition to paying the $1.1 million, CSC agreed to identify and adjust any unallowable costs included in payments previously sought by the company or its subsidiaries, according to the agreement.

According to its website, CSC employs 80,000 people in more than 70 countries. In 2008, CSC acquired Log.Sec Corporation, a privately held IT company that was at the time APG's largest IT contractor.

The company maintains an office at Aberdeen, Richard C. Adamonis, CSC's director of media relations, said Friday.

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