- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Microsoft Corp. has sued the state of Iowa, claiming their application for a software contract was not fairly considered.

The company filed a petition for judicial review last week in Polk County District Court that alleges Iowa officials unfairly approved a competitor’s proposal. The petition seeks a reversal of Iowa’s $7.5 million contract with Tempus Nova to implement a cloud-based software system for thousands of state employees as part of the deal.

The Des Moines Register reports (https://dmreg.co/1GeRuTA ) that eight companies issued proposals to the state agency last year. Microsoft claims Iowa officials waived certain requirements for Tempus Nova in accepting its bid, including that it wouldn’t have met Iowa’s open records laws.

DAS spokesman Caleb Hunter says he can’t comment on pending litigation.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, https://www.desmoinesregister.com

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