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  •  I wonder... (3+ / 0-)

    ... if there are any ties between Booz-Allen and Halliburton...?  The latter re-located their headquarters to Dubai, UAE, remember....

    There is/was a tie between the Bushistas and now the Obama administration:

    Booz Allen Hamilton
    [At the end of the Wiki article is a Who's Who list of business and government people, past and present, who have had ties to BAH.]

    Homeland Security

    A June 28, 2007 Washington Post article related how a U.S. Department of Homeland Security contract with Booz Allen increased from $2 million to more than $70 million through two no-bid contracts, one occurring after the DHS's legal office had advised DHS not to continue the contract until after a review. A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on the contract characterized it as not well-planned and lacking any measure for assuring valuable work to be completed.

    According to the article,

        A review of memos, e-mail and other contracting documents obtained by The Washington Post show that in a rush to meet congressional mandates to establish the information analysis and infrastructure protection offices, agency officials routinely waived rules designed to protect taxpayer money. As the project progressed, the department became so dependent on Booz Allen that it lost the flexibility for a time to seek out other contractors or hire federal employees who might do the job for less.

    Elaine C. Duke, the department's chief procurement officer, acknowledged the problems with the Booz Allen contract. But Duke said those matters have been resolved. She defended a decision to issue a second no-bid contract in 2005 as necessary to keep an essential intelligence operation running until a competition could be held.[22]
    National Institutes of Health

    In March 2011, The National Institutes of Health reported that Booz Allen Hamilton spent roughly $350M of public funds to develop the caBIG "Cancer biomedical Informatics Grid". The NIH report recommended an immediate moratorium on software contracts and a full audit of budget expenditures. The original goals of the program were to share cancer data between NIH funded study centers. caBIG quickly grew in scope beyond the funded objectives, which the NIH cited as a key cause of failure. Funding levels for caBIG were the largest ever spent for a US biomedical research network. As of May 2012, the caBIG program was retired.

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 05:15:44 PM PDT

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