There's a saying, Never ascribe to malice what can be explained by stupidity. (I may be paraphrasing there).
"During the discussion phase, the CIA raised no objection with IBM on its proposed continuous processing. Indeed, the company's approach was consistent with that of the other bidders. Because the CIA didn't prompt IBM to reconsider that part of its bid, it "effectively conveyed to IBM that it had correctly followed the Scenario 5 instructions,"
Malice, or just government business as usual, where no one at the CIA bothered to take the initiative to clarify? There was a time that would seem unlikely, but after the ACA debacle, one must wonder.