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Kansas Sues US Army over Fort Riley Food Service Contract

Associated Press - July 24, 2015 1:02 pm

Maj. Gen. Paul Funk II on Thursday gave command of the 1st Infantry Division to Maj. Gen. Wayne Grigsby Jr. during a change-of-command ceremony.

The state of Kansas is suing the U.S. Army in federal court, alleging the Army is trying to prevent the state from continuing to provide cafeteria service at Fort Riley.

The state has received the federal contract worth more than $1 million since 2006.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the Kansas Department for Children and Families filed the lawsuit earlier this week. The state alleges the Army is trying to change the process in a way that would prevent Kansas from bidding on the contract.

The Army wants to add the fort’s cafeteria services to a procurement list, which would remove it from public bidding.

A Department of Defense spokesman told the newspaper that the agency does not comment on pending litigation.

Larry Elmquist

July 25, 2015 at 11:58 am

Our ever thoughtful state officials will waste money chasing after peanuts and neglect big fish that could offer huge financial benefits to the state. E.g., $1,000,000 for mashed potatos and corn for Fort Riley vs. tbe tens, if not hundreds, of millions in economic benefits generated by the Kansas BioScience Facility. But when you really think about it, science is kinda’ scarey for some Kansans who feel right at home with nawing of a corn cob.

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