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An IRS technology official at the center of a House investigation into whether he pushed the agency to award contracts worth up to $500 million to an inexperienced company owned by a personal friend pleaded the Fifth Amendment and refused to testify at a House hearing Wednesday.
A House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform report Tuesday said Greg Roseman, an IRS deputy director, may have influenced the IRS to award lucrative IT contracts to Strong Castle, Inc.
The same report also said the company had given the Small Business Administration misleading information to win approval so it could obtain set aside contracts, and that its Veterans Affairs awarded status as a so-called service disabled veteran company was based on a nearly three decade old sports injury by its owner.
The House investigation also uncovered numerous text messages between Roseman and Strong Castle’s owner, Braulio Castillo. The company was previously called Signet Computers.
Appearing before the committee, Roseman declined to testify other than giving his title, and he declined to say whether he was still employed by the IRS.
The House report called the relationship between Roseman and Castillo “cozy.”