House of Commons Committee Should hear the facts directly says TPG

    MONTREAL, April 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Mr. Don Powell, president of TPG
Technology Consulting Ltd. asked the House of Commons Standing Committee on
Government Operations to further investigate the procurement process for the
ETS contract within Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC).
    Several statements made, on Thursday April 24th, by I. David Marshall,
PWGSC Deputy Minister, to the Committee were factually wrong and some were
    Indeed, the Deputy Minister stated that the process for the awarding of
the contract took a long time "because of the election...". No election took
place since May 31st 2006. Furthermore, the Deputy Minister indicated that he
"personally interviewed" the evaluators. However, reports indicated that he
met them as a group and did not meet with the team leader for the evaluation
    "We're puzzled as to why the Minister and his Deputy Minister refuse to
allow an independent investigation to take place" says Mr. Powell.

    What do we know?

    1. Proposals were evaluated by early November 2006
    2. At that time, rumours were heard stating that TPG won the bid - this
       information came from several sources with PWGSC
    3. Mr. Jim Bezanson, at that time evaluation team leader, stated on
       March 11th that the technical evaluation results were very close
       (understood to mean 1 to 2 points apart) - this is confirmed in an
       affidavit made by the person who talked with Mr. Bezanson
    4. On November 22nd, Mr. Maurice Chénier, Director General of Service
       Management and Delivery indicated to Mr. Powell that the results of
       the technical evaluation were to be "re-confirmed" - confirmed in an
       affidavit signed by Mr. Powell
    5. The financial evaluation showed that TPG had won that part of the
       evaluation by tens of millions of dollars - as per a document in TPG's
    6. Mr. Bezanson's replacement at PWGSC confirmed the "close evaluation"
       in a conversation with another individual
    7. If the technical evaluations were close and the financial evaluation
       were as known, TPG should have been awarded the contract
    8. A document in TPG possession indicates that the results of the
       technical evaluation were not as previously stated: now between 5 and
       6 points apart. This differs from the information obtained from the
       technical evaluation team leader and his replacement at PWGSC raising
       questions and concerns

    What happened? It is clear that something happened to change the
technical evaluation scores.

    The Committee on Government Operations and Estimates should ask Mr. Jim
Bezanson and senior managers within ITSB to appear as witnesses in front of
the Committee to confirm their statements and then investigate the process,
starting by asking Mr. Maurice Chénier to appear in front of the Committee.

    TPG is concerned that the statement by Minister Fortier on his
unwillingness to see that issue raised in front of the Public Sector Integrity
Office taints the process and is an assault on the independence of that
office, which has been established to investigate wrongdoing within the public

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