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Dec 17 2008   7:43AM GMT

Feds look into Cognos deals

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Cognos, now part of IBM, has seen more than its share of bad press lately, what with the scrutiny of two large Massachusetts contracts that are under investigation. A series of Boston Globe articles have detailed large payments to associates of Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi allegedly made in connection with those contracts.

Now the feds may get involved, according to a new Boston Globe report. A federal grand jury has been convened to look into how the contracts were awarded and whether there was wrongdoing by Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi and his associates.

The US attorney has subpoenaed documents relating to the state’s Information Technology Division’s award of a $13 million contract to Cognos last year, the Globe reports, citing two unnamed officials.

IBM bought Cognos for $5 billion in November 2007, after the contracts were awarded.

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