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May 18, 2012

$24 Million in Stimulus Money for the worst government IT deal of ALL TIME

Then there's the suspicious $24m Cisco router purchase by the State of West Virginia using US Federal Stimulus Funds for the purpose of “homeland security”.
The enterprise routers, which are sized for at least 500 users and are typically used for thousands of users, were purchased for schools and libraries with a single computer. The original story appeared in the Charleston Gazette. In the interview we learn: 1. A Cisco rep confirmed the routers were dramatically oversized. 2. At one library, the router cost more than the structure of the library itself. 3. The routers were purchased by the state without a formal "Request for Proposal" by a single person after consulting with a Cisco salesman. 4. The Cisco salesman retired after the $24m deal. 5. Of the 1,064 routers purchased, 366 were never installed and are sitting in a warehouse. -- Speaking in Tech: • The Register

Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 18, 2012 9:21 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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They got the rust-proofing?

Posted by: Brett_McS at May 18, 2012 2:55 PM

They bought the double-wide.

Posted by: Casca at May 18, 2012 11:55 PM

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