10 April 2008 | Paul Snell
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has lifted its temporary suspension of tendering against IT company IBM.
Last week the government organisation announced it had banned the technology company from tendering for any new business with the government, while an investigation was carried out into possible breaches of procurement regulations.
The ban, which could have lasted for up to a year, stopped the company bidding for new business with any US government department. IBM said it has now come to an agreement with the EPA to allow it to restart tendering.
IBM said it would now resume bidding for government contracts, but would continue to co-operate with the ongoing investigation into rule breaches, currently carried out by the EPA and a related investigation by the US Attorney's Office.
An IBM spokesman said [US] government transactions contributed 1 per cent of IBM's revenue, which was $98.8 billion (£49.6 billion) in 2007.