According to a report in today's Australian Financial Review (In breach but in with a shot, 24/2/2006, p12) sometimes it's OK for a vendor to employ a serving Defence Force employee to assist with a tender for a multi-million dollar defence contract. It might be a breach of departmental regulations, and presumably the conditions of tender, but according to the Inspector-General of Defence, it's only a "technical" breach. Apparently, they're OK.
Since the officer had no connection to or involvement in the project for which tenders were called, the vendor received no improper or unfair advantage.
So, what did the vendor get for its $48,000 fee? Two months help with the bid. That's all.