Minneapolis spent millions on no-bid IT contract



By Eric Roper, Star Tribune

“Nearly a decade after Minneapolis outsourced its IT services to Unisys Corp., no other company has had a chance to bid for what has become the city’s largest contract — worth $143 million over its lifetime.

Now some top city officials are casting doubt on whether the 10-year Unisys relationship, which dates back to the era of dialup modems, remains the best deal for taxpayers. What’s more, a recent audit found the company wasn’t following some of the requirements in its contract.

Several of the city’s IT players who guided the contract’s extensions over the years, all of whom have since left the city, had employment ties to Unisys.”

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