It (literally) pays to have friends in high places.
This is what the Obama administration thinks about the hard working American taxpayer.
From the Daily Mail:
The Obama administration has been accused of cronyism after it was revealed the First Lady’s Princeton classmate is a top executive at the company contracted to build the beleaguered Obamacare enrollment website.
Toni Townes-Whitley is senior vice president at CGI Federal, the U.S. arm of a Canadian company, which won the no-bid contract for the problem-plagued website.
Townes-Whitley, from the Princeton class of ’85, and Michelle Obama are members of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni, according to The Daily Caller.
Townes-Whitley reportedly joined CGI in May 2010 and leads the Civilian Agency Programs Business Unit for the Federal Group.
Earlier this month, Washington Examiner reported the Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid handed CGI Obamacare account without putting the contract out to competitive tender.
It has since been revealed four companies submitted bids, but only CGI was considered.
Officials did not, however, explain the decision or name the companies.
CGI was one of 16 companies qualified under the Bush administration to provide certain tech services to the federal government.
Washington Examiner reported officials relied on a ‘little-known federal contracting system called ID/IQ, which is government jargon for ‘Indefinite Delivery and Indefinite Quantity’ to award the Healthcare.gov contract to CGI.
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CGI became an approved government vendor in 2007, an agreement meaning it could be assigned contracts worth up to $4 billion until 2017 without public notice or having to participate in a normal competitive tender.
This is reportedly how CGI gained the $93 million Obamacare contract, according to Washington Examiner.
The discovery of Michelle Obama’s relationship with a top executive at CGI Federal has sparked a social media storm, with Twitter punters accusing the Obama administration of cronyism.
Dan Carpenter wrote: ‘Isn’t this cozy????? Toni Townes-Whitley, Princeton class of ’85, is senior vice president at CGI.’
Citizenwells wrote: ‘CGI Obamacare website contract Obamas (Barack & Michelle) crony capitalism or poor judgement.’
Radio personality Mark Simone wrote: ‘How did bumbling CGI get a $678 mill no-bid contract to build the website? They were friends with Michelle.’
Meanwhile, Washington Examiner reported CGI has a troubled track record for the delivery of government contracts, highlighting a time when it failed to meet the deadline for a new online medical registry for diabetes patients and treatment providers.
Ontario, Canada, government officials cancelled the $46.2 million contract after 14 months of delay in September 2012. Ontario officials currently refuse to pay any fees to CGI for the failed IT project.