Eventually, she partnered with a software developer to create an online app called ReadiConsent, which won an award in 2018 from the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit, a coalition that partners with the CDC to improve the use of vaccines. The product gained so much attention that in January of last year it brought together a consortium of 30 states interested in purchasing ReadiConsent.
According to the cease and desist letter, on March 13 – the same day that President Donald J. Trump declared the pandemic a national emergency – Ms Tate approached officials she knew at the CDC to tell them that she was updating her platform and had a software company with extensive government experience ready to scale it up for “nationwide deployment.”
The following month, she introduced PrepMod to the American Immunization Registry Association, which was researching various software platforms for possible use in a mass vaccination campaign, and to CDC officials, at meetings where Deloitte was present. The meetings included “a slide presentation and screenshots from PrepMod with detailed explanations of current and planned features,” the letter said.
Shortly thereafter, the agency inquired about the cost. “It was very clear that they were very excited about what I was presenting to them and they told me they had nothing else,” Ms. Tate said during the interview.
In May, CDC awarded Deloitte a $ 15.9 million contract, about $ 600,000 more than Tate had requested. He has since granted the company an additional $ 28 million for VAMS.
After the initial contract was awarded with Deloitte, Ms. Tate said, she contacted the company to form a partnership with her. Instead, according to her complaint, they tried to hire her to “work on the very software and project that she had already developed and created.” But the offer required her to sign a “waiver,” part of a nondisclosure agreement, and she declined.
His attorney, Howard A. Newman, said they were still awaiting a substantial response from the government; under federal law, they must wait six months before filing a complaint. Ms Tate said she was trying to move on: “I’m really busy helping people save lives. That’s my main focus right now and this kind of litigation – we’ll just see how it goes. “