Saturday, October 26, 2013


The Daily Caller has what it clearly considers to be a scoop:
First Lady Michelle Obama's Princeton classmate is a top executive at the company that earned the contract to build the failed Obamacare website.

Toni Townes-Whitley, Princeton class of '85, is senior vice president at CGI Federal, which earned the no-bid contract to build the $678 million Obamacare enrollment website at
The Caller story continues:
Townes-Whitley and her Princeton classmate Michelle Obama are both members of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni.

Toni Townes '85 is a onetime policy analyst with the General Accounting Office and previously served in the Peace Corps in Gabon, West Africa. Her decision to return to work, as an African-American woman, after six years of raising kids was applauded by a Princeton alumni publication in 1998.
I'm not sure what (BLACK) those references to Gabon and the fact (BLACK) that Townes-Whitley is an African-American working mother are meant to suggest (BLACK) about this alleged cronyism (BLACK), but I'm sure there's a connection (BLACK).

In any case, what about the fact that CGI employs this classmate of Michelle's? Doesn't that suggest that the company is in the tank for the Obamas?

BuzzFeed's Steve Friess answered that question a week ago:
... according to Federal Election Commission records, [CGI's] PAC gave more to House Republicans than House Democrats during the 2012 cycle -- including a $2,000 check for the GOP's chief scandal investigator, Oversight Committee Chair Darrell Issa. What's more, executives of CGI Federal personally gave more than twice as much to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney than to President Obama. The contractor has also feasted on more than $2.4 billion worth of IT work dating back to the early Bush Administration.

... CGI's first federal contract for IT work started in 2001....

In fact,, the federal site tracking government contracts, shows CGI has been the contractor of choice for a wide range of computer systems work throughout the Bush Administration, including hundreds of multimillion-dollar contracts for the Departments of Defense, Agriculture and Health and Human Services.

The contract under which CGI did the Obamacare website work, in fact, began in 2007 as a contract with HHS to handle Medicare and Medicaid IT.
Friess argues that one problem in this situation is contractor complacency:
Federal contracting rules ... favor entrenched, large companies with track records....

Clay Johnson, a former Presidential Innovation Fellow under Obama who has excoriated the White House and HHS for its handling of the site, ... believes the problem stems from the procurement process and the biases that keep small, nimble tech start-ups from getting this kind of work.
If the best way to get a federal contract is to be a company that's already obtained a lot of federal contracts, that seems like a plausible, if partial, explanation for what went wrong here.


Carol Ann said...

I also like that she went to work as an African-American woman. Would she have been booed and hissed if she went to work as a Hispanic woman?Or maybe a lawyer-woman? Watthehell

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Victor said...

Only MotherTucker's MFing stupid inter-tube, or (Not-at-all, and never-was) Brietbart's, sites, would ever write, "Her decision to return to work, as an African-American woman..."

What choice did she have to return to work as?
To come back as a gay white male?
A Native American lesbian?
A Russian woman?
A Chinese man?
A dolphin?
A pony?

"DUH TEH STOOOOOOOOPID!!!", be risin' faster than the CO2 levels!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Roger said...

It's the Whitley tape, people!

Anonymous said...

so predictable. what the left is anymore.

Rob Patterson said...

Thanks trucker dude that was almost like Englsh.

Glennis said...

So how big was the Princeton class of '85? Are they all disqualified from working for Federal contractors now?

Meanwhile, Halliburton.....