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Monday, January 25, 2010

No No-Bids?

***UPDATE***
The alleged no-bid contract for Haliburton was a big big deal to Libs on this blog (and everywhere else). But not a single one has shown an iota of concern here. The silence is deafening. It proves their lack of intellectual honesty.
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I logged on to post this story but a commenter beat me to it. Hat tip to "Oatz". Here's his post.

James Rosen at FOX News reported:

Despite President Obama’s long history of criticizing the Bush administration for “sweetheart deals” with favored contractors, the Obama administration this month awarded a $25 million federal contract for work in Afghanistan to a company owned by a Democratic campaign contributor without entertaining competitive bids, Fox News has learned.

The contract, awarded on Jan. 4 to Checchi & Company Consulting, Inc., a Washington-based firm owned by economist and Democratic donor Vincent V. Checchi, will pay the firm $24,673,427 to provide “rule of law stabilization services” in war-torn Afghanistan.

A synopsis of the contract published on the USAID Web site says Checchi & Company will “train the next generation of legal professionals” throughout the Afghan provinces and thereby “develop the capacity of Afghanistan’s justice system to be accessible, reliable, and fair.”

The legality of the arrangement as a “sole source,” or no-bid, contract was made possible by virtue of a waiver signed by the USAID administrator. “They cancelled the open bid on this when they came to power earlier this year,” a source familiar with the federal contracting process told Fox News.

“That’s kind of weird,” said another source, who has worked on “rule of law” issues in both Afghanistan and Iraq, about the no-bid contract to Checchi & Company. “There’s lots of companies and non-governmental organizations that do this sort of work.“

Let’s see the White House spin their way out of this one.

8 comments:

Honest Debate said...

In truth, Haliburton did bid for their contract but they were bidding on the entire package of jobs. Winner takes all. Haliburton was one of only a few entities that could even do the jobs. They won the bid. The "no bid" line was a lie. So was the ludicrous idea that Dick Cheney somehow profited from it.

This Obama deal is what the Libs were trying to peg Bush with. It's the real deal. Corruption.

guy faulkes said...

This payoff to a private concern is bad, but no worse than the Louisiana Purchase and the bribe to the unions. It is just business as usual in the Obama administration.

oatz said...

Hey Sark What can you tell us about Maron Thomas? But be careful not to anger Liberal POV and BB since he was Muslim and was captured at gunpoint by a neighbor.

Sarkazein said...

Oatz wrote-" Hey Sark What can you tell us about Maron Thomas? "

He had joined the religion of peace. In Texas you can use deadly force to stop theft at night. The armed homeowner would have saved the tax payer a bunch of money if he had used it, there is no lawful obligation to hold someone 'til the police get there.
Bellville is a small country town, you take a Sunday drive to.
Wild flowers, hills, a fifties style diner at the small airport, and farms. I am curious to see if he started his Black Muslim conversion while serving time.

Wolf's Head said...

Reminds me of how the Boone Town council fired their attorney and hired Furguiele without any bidding, and right after the fiasco about the ambulance service being let out the same way.

guy faulkes said...

My grandson loves to have books read to him. One of his favorite books is largely composed of the line "The wheels of the bus go round, round, round; all through the town." In my opinion, in the state of the union speech, Mr. Obama is going to change the words to "the wheels of the bus go screech, screech, screech," as he tries to turn his bus sharply to the right (at least figuratively) in order to try to stay viable politically by appearing to move to the middle. I do not think he will really move to the right, but he is going to try to appear to do so.

Any opinions?

Honest Debate said...

Hey, where'd the libs go? They were ready to hang Bush.

Honest Debate said...

Much like the libs here the MSM has ignored this story.