Obamacare no-bid Contract - Another Phony Scandal?
No-bid Contracts equal corruption and waste.
By now most everyone is aware the initial launch of the Obamacare program website has been frustrating to most who have tried to enroll.
Now we are beginning to learn more about the details behind the Obama administration awarding a no-bid contract to CGI Federal to create the website.
A no-bid contract is officially known as a "Sole Source Contract" meaning only one company or individual is capable of providing the needed goods or services.
In the case of developing the Obamacare website, I suspect there were many companies with the knowledge and ability to bid on this job, but they were not given that opportunity.
The $678 Million dollar no-bid contract was awarded to CGI Federal with no competing bids being allowed. We now learn that Toni Townes-Whitley, a senior vice president at CGI Federal was a Princeton classmate of Michelle Obama and they are both members of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni. Toni Townes-Whitley has also been a regular contributor to the Obama campaigns.
Donna Ryan, president of CGI Federal visited the White House six times prior to being awarded the no-bid contract. In addition to receiving the $88 million contract for the website, CGI Federal has been awarded $422 million in other Obamacare related projects.
Despite complaints regarding the performance of CGI Federal, they were also awarded $11 Billion, yes Billion with a "B", contracts from Homeland Security and the Coast Guard for IT services.
CGI Federal is currently assisting the Department of Housing and Urban Development to distribute $1.7 Billion in aid relief to Hurricane Sandy Victims.
That isn't quite the end of the role CGI Federal plays with this administration. They were also awarded $15 million in contracts to the Environmental Protection Agency and $900 million in contracts to U.S. Agency for International Development to design and operate its IT security operations.
Again the reason for awarding a no-bid contract is there are no other companies or individuals who can provide the needed goods or services.
I would be very surprised if there were not at least dozens of companies who are equally or better qualified to handle a project of this magnitude. Why then was this contract given to CGI Federal with no competing bids?
Another valid reason for issuing a no-bid contract would be in times of emergency when the normal bid process would take far too much time. That was not the case with the Obamacare website. They had over 3 years to complete this job.
I smell a rat with the relationship between CGI Federal, Michelle Obama, and others in the Obama Administration. Kathleen Sebelius was paid huge wages to oversee this failed project and would have been fired immediately if this were a private business.
So far, Sebelius has not admitted fault and has refused to testify regarding this failed project and the huge amount of money that has been paid to CGI Federal.
YET ANOTHER INVESTIGATION FOR CONGRESS:
Now there will be yet another round of Congressional hearings that will most likely end up like all the other recent hearings. Nobody will be fired, and CGI will continue to work for this administration. Heck, they might even add this one to the list of "Phony Scandals" that Obama has referred to many times.
Now the truth is that somebody in Washington approved and signed these no-bid contracts. It should not be classified information and should be easy enough to learn which individual put his/her signature on the paper.
I don't know about you but I am really tired of having my tax dollars stolen and wasted by this corrupt government. A no-bid contract is ripe with the possibility of financial kick backs to one or more individuals. Do any politicians have any personal connection with CGI Federal other than Michelle Obama? That might take some digging to find out but there are records available.
Was Kathleen Sebelius upset with the progress on the website but not allowed to do anything about it? It is entirely possible she was told to just let it go and keep her mouth shut if she wanted to keep her job.
Even if this is true, I doubt anything will come out in the Congressional hearings about this. That would require her to rat on some very high level people in government, or their relatives. I would be reasonably certain that her silence will be well rewarded by either promotion or retirement.
Has anyone besides Sebelius seen the detailed billing from CGI Federal? Were there any progress reports prior to the company being paid? Is Sebelius authorized to sign the checks we pay them with? Does the person who actually issues the checks review any of the bills submitted from the contractor?
As a contractor was CGI Federal required to post a performance bond to ensure timely and satisfactory completion of the project? If so, will the government be able to file a claim and collect any money due to poor performance and failure to meet the completion date? As a private contractor I could not even start a job without a performance bond.
How many no-bid contracts has CGI Federal been awarded we don't even know about?
From all appearances, this whole situation appears to be a classic case of corruption by association. Representatives Issa and Alexander have issued letters requesting Sebelius to provide them with documents by today or be subpoenaed by the House Oversight Committee.
Sebelius has claimed she didn't have time to answer any questions from Congress, but has been seen on many news and comedy shows on TV this past week. She is currently scheduled to appear before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Oct. 30th to answer questions regarding the failed health care rollout.
I can't imagine that Obama himself is very pleased with this failed effort on his only major achievement since taking office in 2008. The question that remains to be answered is if Obama will be able to take any action against Sebelius and CGI Federal if his own wife played any role in picking CGI Federal to do this job? My guess is that he is caught in a very difficult position right now, and even Jay Carney may not be able to lie his way out of this one.
It would appear that those we pay to watch out for this type waste of taxpayer funds are not doing a very good job. This is all taking place right before their eyes and none of them asked any questions that I am aware of. Could it be that many of the watchdogs were given treats to make them look the other way?
I'm not certain where this will fall on the list of Congressional Investigations. We still have not learned much of anything about Fast and Furious, Benghazi, or the IRS scandal. I am betting this investigation will turn out pretty much the same way.
Before you start your accusations, I do not hate Obama, Blacks, Hispanics, or Obamacare. As far as politicians go, I dislike all of them equally and feel we should start over with all new people.
I firmly believe that we now have so many rotten apples in the barrell the only choice we have is to dump it and start over with fresh apples.
I will be watching with great interest to see if any real facts come out of the Congressional hearing but have my doubts. Nothing has come from the other hearings so why would this one be any different?