Department of Justice Seal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                         CIV
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 1997                           (202) 616-2765
                                               TDD (202) 514-1888


     WASHINGTON, D.C. -- One of the largest dealers in computers
and related equipment purchased by federal agencies will pay the
United States $400,000 to settle allegations it overcharged the
agencies because it didn't pass on to the government rebates it
received from manufacturers of the equipment, the Department of
Justice announced today.

     Assistant Attorney General Frank Hunger of the Civil
Division said the civil settlement resolves charges brought
against Government Technology Services Inc. (GTSI) of Chantilly,
Virginia, by a former employee of Novell Inc., Mary Slutman.  The
complaint was filed under the qui tam provisions of the civil
False Claims Act in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia,
in 1992.  The court unsealed the agreement Wednesday.

     The complaint alleged that GTSI failed to inform government
negotiators fully that GTSI received rebates from the
manufacturers of products offered by GTSI for sale to the
government.  GTSI was required by the contract solicitations and
federal law to provide accurate information to GSA contract

     The Department said that between 1988 and 1995, GTSI won
several one-year contracts with the General Services
Administration for automated data processing equipment and
software.  The contracts set the prices, terms and conditions
under which federal agencies could purchase products from GTSI.

     As a dealer, GTSI sold products manufactured by a number of
well-known computer and software manufacturers.  The prices paid
to GTSI by agencies were based on GTSI's cost from the
manufacturers, plus a negotiated markup.  GTSI failed to inform
GSA that some manufacturers provided GTSI with rebates on the
purchase price and GTSI did not reduce the GSA price to reflect
GTSI's lower cost as a result of the rebates.

     Under the settlement, Slutman will receive $68,000 for
bringing the matter to the attention of the government.  Under
the qui tam amendments of the False Claims Act, a private party
can file an action on behalf of the United States and receive a
portion of the recovery.  

      The case was investigated by the Office of Inspector
General of the GSA and the Civil Division.  The Civil Division
negotiated the settlement.