It's no bull, say the Utah National Guard and Mechanical Bull Sales. The two do not have a $47,174 contract, despite appearances on a government bid site that have led to national media attention during a partial government shutdown.
The Utah Guard has used two climbing walls and two mechanical bulls as "conversation-starters" for recruitment at various events, said Lt. Col. Hank McIntire. After one bull broke earlier this year, the Guard contacted Mechanical Bull Sales in July with interest in buying two more mechanical bulls, but their funding request was denied. The Guard and the company remained in touch, however, and on Sept. 4 the Guard posted a solicitation notice at FedBizOpps.gov, with an award notice coming Oct. 7 this Monday to Mechanical Bull Sales at a cost of $47,174.
But both sides say the deal ended with last Tuesday's shutdown.