On July 26, 2004, Robert Louis Salter, Jr. was convicted of unlawful possession of a machine gun and failing to appear in court. He was sentenced to 151 months in federal prison and a $50,000 fine. While incarcerated he opened an inmate prison trust fund account in which he deposited his prison wages and other funds. Salter also agreed to participate in the Inmate Financial Responsibility Program, from which he could make payments toward his court-ordered fine.
In VFA, Inc. v. United States, the U.S. Department of Defense announced that it planned to replace the various facility assessment programs used across the Department with the Army Corps of Engineers’ Sustainment Management System. VFA, Inc., which is a provider of software and process solutions that are used to assess and manage the conditions of military installations, filed suit arguing that the Government was obligated to conduct a competitive bid before choosing what program to use as the standard assessment program.
The Government moved to dismiss the case for lack of jurisdiction, arguing that the procurement requirements did not apply because there had been no procurement.