Deputy United States Attorney Louis D. Lappen announced that SAP Public Services, Inc. has agreed to pay the United States more than $2.2 Million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by failing to pay required fees on contracts it signed pursuant to agreements with the United States General Services Administration (GSA).
SAP Public Services is a subsidiary of SAP SE, a multinational software engineering and support company, and its U.S. subsidiary, SAP America, Inc., headquartered in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.
In 1998 and 2009, GSA awarded SAP Public Services contracts under the Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) program. The MAS program provides an efficient, streamlined process for federal, state, and local government buyers to purchase goods and services from commercial firms at discounted prices. SAP Public Services sold software engineering and support to government customers under specified conditions. SAP Public Services canceled these contracts in 2014. Under the terms of their MAS contracts, SAP Public Services was required to pay an Industrial Funding Fee (IFF) to GSA. This fee covers the cost of GSA’s administration of its contracting and purchasing programs, which save federal, state, and local government agencies the time and expense of awarding individual procurements and provide volume purchase prices, greater purchasing flexibility, and other benefits to those agencies.
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