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Michelle Obama's classmate awarded no-bid $93m contract for disastrous Obamacare web site

Revealed: Michelle Obama's Princeton classmate is top executive at firm that that built disastrous Obamacare website after being awarded no-bid $93m contract

-Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate is an executive at the company that built Obamacare website

-Toni Townes-Whitley is senior vice president at CGI Federal which earned contract to build the site. She joined in May 2010

-The women are both members of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni

-The Department of Health and Human Services reviewed only CGI’s bid for the Obamacare account even though four companies submitted bids

-CGI became an approved government vendor in 2007

The Obama administration has been accused of cronyism after it was revealed Michelle Obama's Princeton classmate is an executive at the company contracted to build the beleaguered Obamacare 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.

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 for the $93 million Healthcare.gov contract.

Washington Examiner reported this is because CGI became an approved government vendor in 2007.

This meant the company could be assigned government contracts worth up to $4 billion until 2017 without having to bid publicly for them.

The company was approved before Barack Obama was first inaugurated in 2009. Townes-Whitley reportedly joined CGI in May 2010.

CGI was one of 16 companies qualified under the Bush administration to provide certain tech services to the federal government.

However 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.

by Anonymousreply 2211/02/2013

Also BENGHAZI!!!

by Anonymousreply 111/02/2013

Bullshit.

Bullshit, bullshit, bullshit.

Fuck off, freeper.

by Anonymousreply 311/02/2013

More proof.

by Anonymousreply 411/02/2013

Thanks r3, r4!

by Anonymousreply 511/02/2013

OP, why did you post this shit when you know the source is shit?

by Anonymousreply 611/02/2013

Actually, I find it more interesting that CGI gave twice as much money to Romney as they did Obama. If I was in the market for a tinfoil hat (and I'm not), I would say they purposefully sabotaged the job.

by Anonymousreply 711/02/2013

[quote]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 for the $93 million Healthcare.gov contract.

This article contradicts itself within a single phrase. Either the author is a stupid idiot or is trying to mislead. Four companies submitted bids, so it WAS put out to tender. It appears that only CGI's bid was deemed compliant, so they were awarded the contract.

by Anonymousreply 911/02/2013

Buzzfeed hit them where it hurt!

by Anonymousreply 1011/02/2013

This allegation has become a meme in the right sing-conservative-Republican echo chamber and they are like Benghazi with it.

by Anonymousreply 1111/02/2013

This article makes me terribly worried, OP. Why, one of my 1300 or so college classmates turned out to be a pedophile! What might people think of me if they knew that??!?!?

by Anonymousreply 1311/02/2013

[quote]-CGI became an approved government vendor in 2007

LOOK! OBAMA CRONYISM AND... oh no, wait - 2007 that's pre-black-president.

The Washington Examiner, OP, really? F&F for you, freeper shit-stain.

The right wing morons were less moronic when Lee Atwater ran their show.

by Anonymousreply 1411/02/2013

Michelle Obama's Princeton classmate

So? they went to the same college at the same time. It doesn't mean they were friends or even knew each other

No one cared when bu$hco gave Halliburton a no bid contract. No one cared when billions of taxpayer dollars couldn't be accounted for

by Anonymousreply 1511/02/2013

[quote]The right wing morons were less moronic when Lee Atwater ran their show.

Compared to this crop, Atwater was a fucking Einstein. I actually love shit like this, the stench of desperation has never been sweeter. This is the second time this week the Regressives broke out some earth shattering meme only to have it crash and burn in a matter of hours. Oh, the humanity!

by Anonymousreply 1611/02/2013

I especially like the way they keep trotting out "Obamacare horror stories" with some fool claiming anecdotally that Obamacare took their health insurance away and is making them pay 5x more. and then some journalist actually does their job and we find out that the fool in question didn't even try the new system, and that they qualify for a subsidy, and their old plan was a predatory piece of crap that would have wiped them out if they actually ever had a serious illness, and even with all that, they DO save money under Obamacare.

We have seen three or four stories like this in the past couple of weeks.

by Anonymousreply 1711/02/2013

why do we have to love it? can't we support the democratic party and Obama and still believe Obamacare has gotten off ti a bad start?

we are as partisan as Fox News

by Anonymousreply 1811/02/2013

Actually, there's been around 10 of those alleged "horror stories"... every single one of which has completely fallen apart under thee slightest scrutiny.

Most, in fact, show quite the opposite, when you actually look into them.

by Anonymousreply 1911/02/2013

R20/R2, you are a catastrophe.

by Anonymousreply 2111/02/2013

oh my r21...oh my

by Anonymousreply 2211/02/2013
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