WASHINGTON, July 2 The U.S. Justice Department
said on Thursday it joined a false claims lawsuit against
Science Applications International Corp SAI.N and others over
a $3.2 billion contract to provide support services at a
Mississippi space center.
The suit is also against SAIC partner Applied Enterprise
Solutions and its Chief Executive Officer Dale Galloway;
Stephen Adamec, former director of the Naval Oceanographic
Major Shared Resource Center at the Stennis Space Center in
Mississippi; and Robert Knesel, deputy director of the
The Justice Department said the lawsuit, filed in federal
court in Mississippi, claimed that Adamec and Knesel, then
government employees, conspired to ensure that SAIC and its
partners won the contract.
In April 2004, the government's General Services
Administration awarded the contract to SAIC, which teamed with
AES and Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) Space Operations to
perform the services.
The lawsuit was filed by David Magee, a former employee at
the space center under the so-called whistle-blower provisions
of the False Claims Act.
(Reporting by Diane Bartz and James Vicini, editing by Gerald