Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Polish Army tenders for maps, loses zl.54 million?

The state budget might have lost as much as zl.54 million on mapping contracts tendered by the Polish Army.

After Poland joined NATO in 1999, the military's maps were in need of an update, to bring them up the standards required by the alliance. Between 1998 and 2003, the Army signed zl.54 million worth of contracts with companies to rework its maps.

According to TVN24, which broke the news, the firms were staffed by family members of high-ranking army officers. The winning bidders, moreover, apparently lacked both the manpower and the know-how to produce the maps, and thus had to outsource the the Polish Army.

To date, the Prosecutor's Office has charged 17 people in the scandal.