Modern politics has always worked on one hand washing the other.
However, this administration seems to be taking that premise to a whole new level.
Coming in after Trump, the Biden administration seems to think it can get away with just about anything, but the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General may be putting an end to that very soon.
One of the best ways to pay off former supporters and officials is by handing them a big, fat contract.
Joe Biden is no stranger to issuing no-bid contracts to friends and family, but this time it appears he may have gotten caught.
The DHS IG is now reportedly looking into a no-bid contract awarded to a Texas company that happens to have a former Biden transition official on its payroll.
The multi-million-dollar contract was issued to a company based out of San Antonio called Endeavors, sometimes referred to as Family Endeavors.
The probe is officially called “ICE’s Contract to House Migrants in Hotels.”
The company was awarded two no-bid contracts by the Biden administration, worth $579 million and $87 million.
This is well beyond the financial scope of this company’s “normal” contract.
As if that is not suspicious enough, the company issued a press release on inauguration day that Andrew Lorenzen-Strait had joined its team.
Lorenzen-Strait was Joe Biden’s Homeland Security issues transition adviser.
Tom Jones of the American Accountability Foundation, a watchdog group, stated, “This is a no-bid contract, and those should be used in only the most extraordinary circumstances.
“It’s typical and it’s terrible. Both sides do it. It’s why we have a massive budget deficit and a debt going through the roof…There’s scumminess and swampiness on both sides of this but we need to root that out.”
If Endeavors and the no-bid contract sound familiar, that would be because it was in the headlines before when House Oversight Republicans penned a letter to Secretary Becerra on this very subject.
The letter, in part, stated, “The most recent contract, potentially valued at $529.5 million, is more than twelve times Family Endeavors’ most recent annual budget, raising questions about its ability to effectively perform the contract and meet the contract requirements.
“Further, there are other, likely more experienced contractors that would also be able to perform the work, but due to the sole-source award, they will not get a chance at the opportunity.
“Most concerning, it appears that Family Endeavors won these contracts just months after hiring Andrew Lorenzen-Strait as Senior Director for Migrant Services and Federal Affairs.”
Giving the company the $87 million contract would have been suspicious but handing over more than a half-billion dollars to a company that usually deals in single-digit million contracts clearly warrants investigation.
Now, thankfully, there will be one.
Source: Fox News