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pooltchr
01-25-2010, 08:08 PM
I can't wait to hear the response from the Bush-bashers over this one!


Updated January 25, 2010
Obama Administration Steers Lucrative No-Bid Contract for Afghan Work to Dem Donor

By James Rosen
- FOXNews.com

The Obama administration this month awarded a $25 million federal contract for work in Afghanistan to a company owned by a prominent Democratic campaign contributor without entertaining competitive bids, Fox News has learned.



Private consultants Checchi & Company won a no-bid contract from the Obama administration to 'train the next generation of legal professionals' in Afghanistan. (AP)

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."

"I think the administration should explain what the decision was based on, and why a no-bid contract was given in this case, particularly given that Mr. Obama came in on a pledge of 'no more no-bid contracts,'" said Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington....


Steve

Qtec
01-25-2010, 10:34 PM
Ahem........cough, cough.!

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Joseph A. Fredericks, director of public information at USAID, <span style='font-size: 14pt'><u>told Fox News the Checchi deal was actually a renewal of an existing contract, awarded in 2004 by the Bush administration after a competitive bid process.</u></span> "As the incumbent," Fredericks wrote in an e-mail Monday, "Checchi was rewarded a renewed contract to allow for work on the ground to continue." </div></div>

Q

pooltchr
01-26-2010, 07:48 AM
So Obama is continuing to allow no-bid contracts that GW put in place?
One more "change" that didn't happen.

What was bad when Bush did it, is now fine when Obama does it??

Ahem..cough, cough!

Steve

LWW
01-26-2010, 07:53 AM
There's no business like no-bidness.

You have to think like a leftist Steve ...

If B-B-B-BOOOSH do, that means bad. If Obama do that means GOOOOOOD. If both do, was still bad when B-B-B-BOOOSH do, but now is good because Obama do.

LWW

Qtec
01-26-2010, 08:39 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: pooltchr</div><div class="ubbcode-body">So Obama is continuing to allow no-bid contracts that GW put in place?
One more "change" that didn't happen.

What was bad when Bush did it, is now fine when Obama does it??

Ahem..cough, cough!

Steve </div></div>

No, no , no..................nice dodge but I'm not letting this go.
The whole thrust of YOUR post was that this was a sweetheart deal, a pay-off for campaign contributions.

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> Obama Administration <span style='font-size: 14pt'>Steers Lucrative No-Bid Contract for Afghan Work to Dem Donor</span>

By James Rosen
- FOXNews.com

The Obama administration this month awarded a $25 million federal contract for work in Afghanistan <span style='font-size: 17pt'>to a company owned by a prominent Democratic campaign contributor</span> without entertaining competitive bids, Fox News has learned.



Private consultants Checchi & Company won a no-bid contract from the Obama administration to 'train the next generation of legal professionals' in Afghanistan. (AP)

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 <span style='font-size: 17pt'>to a company owned by a Democratic campaign contributor</span> 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 <span style='font-size: 17pt'>and Democratic donor </span>Vincent V. Checchi, will pay the firm $24,673,427 to provide "rule of law stabilization services" in war-torn Afghanistan.
</div></div>

He did not steer anything.

25 Million?
Your average Wall St banker won't get out of bed for 25 M these days. Its PEANUTS.

Q

LWW
01-26-2010, 09:39 AM
What part of "NO MORE NO BID CONTRACTS" was confusing to you?

LWW

pooltchr
01-26-2010, 10:12 AM
It was bad when Bush did it, but it is good when Obama does it, even though it is still bad that Bush did it.

Obama has failed to uphold so many of his campaign promises, and the left doesn't seem to care.

No more no-bid contracts.
More transparancy in government
C-SPAN to broadcast all negotiations on any legislation.
and on and on.
(There was a long list posted not too long ago that I don't need to repeat)

It doesn't matter anyway. The lefties will find a way to give Obama a pass on everything.
Steve

LWW
01-26-2010, 10:18 AM
One of the many benefits of being a cult leader Steve.

LW