Federal prosecutors report that a former Navy employee who pleaded guilty to unlawfully disclosing contractor bid information, to give a firm holding an old contract a competitive advantage, was put on two years’ probation Wednesday after paying $24,108 in restitution.
Early last year, according to the prosecutors’ office, Gregory Roger Penk started calling the firm about its bid to retain a contract, warning that its new offer didn’t ensure a “slam dunk” to get the work, and that the company had better come up with another plan. Penk, 64, retired last summer after 42 years at the Navy facility in St. Inigoes.
Penk’s plea agreement from last March states that from 1969 until last July, he worked for the Navy in St. Inigoes, and in 2001 became a division director for an identification systems division. In June 2010, the plea agreement states, the Navy solicited bids for a new Naval Air Warfare Center-Aircraft Division contract for services that previously had been provided by Booz Allen Hamilton, one of the companies submitting bids on the new contract.
Penk was responsible for assisting the Navy facility’s contracting officer with funding, performance and technical issues related to the program, and the plea agreement states that on three separate occasions in early 2011 Penk disclosed contractor bid and source selection information about the contract to Booz Allen Hamilton.
Penk’s calls to one of the company’s employees included information that the firm’s bid was $7.5 million higher than a competitor’s bid, according to the plea agreement’s statement of facts. Penk was holding a folder bearing the initials of Booz Allen Hamilton and National Technologies Associates, also among the companies that bid on the contract, when he talked to the BAH employee about the gap between their bids. The Navy learned about Penk’s illegal disclosures and had to rebid the contract, the prosecutors’ office reported.
Penk’s plea agreement and a release by the federal prosecutor’s office did not indicate any wrongdoing by Booz Allen Hamilton or any of its employees, and a BAH media relations senior manager said in March that the company cooperated with the government to assist with the investigation.