I also came across some interesting information on where the highly unusual cost normalization idea came from.
The originally-highest bidder who is now the lowest bidder thanks to the cost normalization concept – a concept that evidently they recommended this staff -run selection committee – is tied to the consulting firm which did the normalization. According to lobbyist registrations, the same South Florida lobbyist, Bernie Friedman of Becker Poliakoff, represents Ciber and the firm (Plante Moran) which was chosen to do the cost normalization.
Following along? The consulting firm which did the cost normalization is represented by the same lobbyists who represents the bidder (Ciber) which benefited most from the process.