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Judge sides with agency in telecommunications fight

Nationwide, there are about 3,600 juveniles in state prisons, although nine states have none. Here are the states ranked by number of juveniles in prison, using U.S. Department of Justice data from 2008, the most recent year available.
Nationwide, there are about 3,600 juveniles in state prisons, although nine states have none. Here are the states ranked by number of juveniles in prison, using U.S. Department of Justice data from 2008, the most recent year available. (istock)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After not finding any "shenanigans," an administrative law judge Wednesday backed a decision by the state Department of Management Services to award a major telecommunications contract to a subsidiary of Harris Corp.

Judge Linzie Bogan recommended the dismissal of a challenge by AT&T Corp., which raised a number of issues in protesting the department's decision in August to award the contract.

The issue involves new telecommunications infrastructure for what is known as the state's "SUNCOM" network, according to the ruling.

"Simply stated, the record evidence failed to expose the existence of any shenanigans in the procurement,'' Bogan wrote. "Based on the above, the department's decision to award a contract to Harris fully complied with applicable law, rules, and terms and conditions of the ITN (invitation to negotiate)and was not arbitrary, capricious, clearly erroneous, or contrary to competition."

The recommendation goes back to the Department of Management Services.