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Citizens Against Government Waste Commends Army on Palantir Contract

Press Release

For Immediate Release
Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318

March 28, 2019

(Washington, D.C.) – Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) commended the Army for awarding the contract for the Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS-A) to Palantir, breaking the insular and wasteful world of Pentagon procurement.

CAGW President Tom Schatz said in a statement: 

“DOD procurement has often been dogged by no-bid or single bid contracts on projects that inevitably run over cost and behind schedule.  CAGW has long advocated for a wider array of bidders from various parts of the country so the incentive structure begins to favor efficiency and fiscal discipline instead of legacy defense contractors.  The DCGS-A program has been a primary example of the Pentagon syndrome of project delays and skyrocketing taxpayer costs.  However, good news arrived this week when Palantir emerged victorious in a fair competition for the lowest cost and highest efficiency proposal to upgrade the beleaguered program.  It is also the first time a non-defense contractor was chosen to lead a DOD program like DCGS-A.  After years of awarding contracts to a narrow, insular group of military contractors, the Army has finally expanded the competitive playing field and taxpayers will benefit.”

Citizens Against Government Waste is the nation’s largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government. 


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