Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Committee Member: Thompson Request Not Appropriate

A member of the evaluation committee Thompson headed testified she felt it wasn't appropriate for Thompson to ask members if they wanted to change their scores for Adelman and believed a best and final offer was not necessary.

"I felt at this point our scores were set," Bridget Nettesheim said. "We did what we had to do."

Nettesheim said when it appeared Adelman competitor Omega had won the partner travel contract, Thompson said words to the effect that it "wouldn't fly politically," causing her some concern. She said she talked to her boss, who also expressed concern about the statement.

Nettesheim agreed with a line of questions by the prosecution that Thompson had made no merit-based claims as to why Adelman should be favored for the contract.

Under cross examination, Nettesheim testified she was concerned that Adelman was allowed to make an oral presentation about a separate contract for on-line sales even though it was not in the running for it.

Hurley suggested in his questioning that members were annoyed that Adelman was allowed to make the presentation and intentionally marked down the company's score for the partner contract because of it. Nettesheim said it affected her scores in that she had less to evaluate Adelman on for the partner contract. She said she felt other people's scores reflected that as well.

Nettesheim said she and others were "frustrated" that Adelman presented on the online portion, calling it "a waste of time."

-- By David A. Wise

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