Monday, May 9, 2022

Republicans Launch Inquiry into Biden Ally who Brokered Controversial $87 Million ICE Contract; Oversight Republicans Quiz Biden Admin on 'no-bid' ICE Contract to Company with Biden Ties

Republicans launch inquiry into Biden ally who brokered controversial ICE contract:
House Republicans have launched an investigation into the role that a Biden-Harris transition team official played in the government’s award of hundreds of millions of dollars in immigration contracts to his organization — as well as millions of dollars that auditors concluded the contractor wasted.
The House Oversight and Reform Committee’s top Republicans sent a letter to acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tae Johnson on Wednesday requesting all communications between the federal agency, the contractor Endeavors, and a former Biden transition team official, Andrew Lorenzen-Strait.
“ICE officials bypassed the ordinary competitive process to award a large, sole source $87 million contract and then wasted at least $17 million of taxpayer money because hotel rooms intended for migrant families sat empty and were mostly unused,” the letter states. “Not only have the Biden Administration’s policies exacerbated the crisis on our border, it now appears the Administration is exploiting the crisis to reward its political allies with sole source contracts.”
Ranking member James Comer (R-KY) and 18 other Republicans signed on to the letter. --->READ MORE HERE
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Oversight Republicans quiz Biden admin on 'no-bid' ICE contract to company with Biden ties:
Republicans on the House Oversight Committee are pushing the Biden administration on a "no-bid" Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) contract that was awarded to a company with ties to a Biden transition adviser -- and that was criticized in a recent report by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General.
The lawmakers, led by House Oversight ranking member James Comer, R-Ky., and Economic and Consumer Policy Subcommittee ranking member Michael Cloud, R-Texas, have written to acting ICE Director Tae Johnson expressing"alarm at the potential waste of millions of taxpayer money and abuse of the contracting process by U.S. [ICE] officials."
"Not only have the Biden administration’s policies exacerbated the crisis on our border, it now appears the administration is exploiting the crisis to reward its political allies with sole source contracts," they write.
ICE entered into the $86.9 million "sole source" (commonly called a "no-bid") contract with a company called Endeavors, rather than through a competitive bidding process. The contract saw Endeavors provide 1,239 beds and other services to migrants after ICE recognized its current family residential centers would be insufficient to house the number of migrants crossing the border. --->READ MORE HERE
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