Tuesday, December 19, 2006

More on ICF

In the post below there's a quote of a comment about Michael Byrne, who was hired by ICF in January 2006.(The contract was awarded in June.) Here's how ICF describes him in their press release.

"a Senior Director at The White House Office of Homeland Security, a key official and advisor to Secretary Ridge at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security,
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In 1999, Mr. Byrne joined the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in New York City and served as FEMA Operations Chief at Ground Zero in Manhattan. In 2001, he joined The White House Office of Homeland Security where he was responsible for guiding policy and initiatives for national homeland security efforts. In 2003, Mr. Byrne served as the first Director of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office for National Capital Region Coordination. At DHS, he reported directly to Secretary Ridge and was responsible for regional preparedness, response, recovery, and information sharing."
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At ICF Consulting Mr. Byrne will lead a division of more than 200 professionals who provide advisory, technology, and implementation services for homeland and national security clients at the U.S. Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, other federal agencies, and state and local governments throughout the country.

Did this White House connection have anything to do with their getting the contract? Did Byrne's FEMA experience guarantee a similar performance from ICF? I'll bet those questions won't be asked by your legislators in Louisiana.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Did you know that ICF created a wholly separate organization, this new Emergency Management Company, just so it could go after this contract? Otherwise, many of its existing corporate contracts would have conflicted it out of this work (especially its HUD CBDG work). And that the SEC announcement of its IPO stated clearly that the company expected most of its value to be dependent on the Road Home contract, which is an admission that it somehow knew that it would win the contract? This whole deal should be reviewed by someone who knows contract law -- they would uncover corruption the likes of which we haven't seen since the days of Huey Long.