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article imageOp-Ed: Obamacare CGI website executive has ties to Michelle Obama UPDATE

By Gar Swaffar     Oct 26, 2013 in Politics
One source is now reporting a close link between Michelle Obama and one of the senior vice-presidents of CGI Federal, the failed website creator for Obamacare.
The Daily Caller has reported a senior vice-president of CGI Federal is a former classmate of Michelle Obama. Toni Townes-Whitley and Michelle Obama are Princeton classmates, and also members of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni.
The connection might never have come to light except for the Obamacare website developed by CGI Federal being such a disaster since its launch date on October 1 of this year. Due to the disaster however, some media sources have been looking at the issues surrounding how the contract to build the website was awarded as a no-bid contract.
The Washington Examiner reported on the issue on October 13, 2013, regarding the loophole used by the current administration to simply award the Obamacare website to a company whose Senior Vice-President, of Civilian Agency Programs also happened to be a friend of the President's wife.
The loophole exploited by the White House's Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare and Medicaid office, originated in a designation of CGI Federal in 2007, as being one of 16 companies granted an ID/IQ status by George Bush's HHS Department.
ID/IQ is government jargon for Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity. In essence, CGI Federal is capable of being awarded contracts by the HHS Dept. in amounts from $1,000 to $4 billion. And all of that can occur without ever having the contract being given out for a competitive bidding process.
One other coincidence as noted in the Daily Caller article regards George Schindler, the president of the CGI Group, the parent company of CGI Federal, becoming an donor to the 2012 re-election campaign for President Obama, after being awarded the contract for the Obamacare website.
CGI Federal's website carries data from 2009 - 2011 for annual and quarterly earnings, it does not however, cover the period of time subsequent to the contract award for the company of Michelle Obama's friend and classmate.
It is also reported that of the four bids submitted for the contract, only the bid from CGI Federal was considered for approval. No explanation for the lack of competition is noted in any of the government records.
Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) spokesman Tasha Bradley refused a request by the Washington Examiner, to provide a public solicitation document in regard to the awarding of the website contract. CGI global communications spokesperson Linda Odorisio is quoted at the Washington Examiner article as stating “There were at least two bidders, we believe three, for the task order. That is all the information I have,”
In a related article by the Washington Examiner, it was reported on October 15, of this year, that CGI officials, before being given the contract for the website, had the benefit of high level access to White House officials, including addresses by President Obama which were invitation-only events.
Members offered access to White House officials included George Schindler, the soon to be appointed president of US and Canada operations, CGI Federal President Donna Ryan, Donna Morea and in 2010 Cheryl Campbell was also a visitor to Obama's chief information officer, Vivek Kundra.
Campbell was reportedly a supporter of Obama in his first campaign when she donated $1,000 for his primary battle with Hillary Clinton. A former CGI vice-president Andrew McLauchlin was also a part of that initial meeting, and it is reported that he too was an avid supporter of Obama in both the primary run and the final election PAC Obama For America, donating $2,300 to each campaign.
The tangled web of interwoven relationships between Obama supporters, classmates of Michelle Obama and CGI company executives may require a small army of investigators to unravel. The likelihood of such an army being assembled any time soon is perhaps, just as likely as the Obamacare website becoming fully functional in the next 24 hours.
Is it possible, just possible, that a Freedom Of Information Act request would be able to clear up any doubts regarding the apparent irregularities in this process before the end of the century?
Saturday Morning 10/26/2013:
After cruising the circuit of the alphabet of news sources, none of them have chosen to raise the question of whether the connections noted above are in need of taking a look at. The Fourth Estate should be ashamed of itself, the daily Caller should be hailed as a leader in the Fifth Estate.
Update: Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2013
While this was originally a single source article, it has now been reported at Fox News also.
irrespective of any personal point of view regarding Fox News, the story is now Mainstream Worthy. Aside from being reported at Fox and the daily Caller, the White House has not bothered to refute the connection and has so far, maintained a stoic silence regarding any hint of impropriety in the awarding of Pres. Obama's signature legislation to a company with whom Michelle Obama had close ties.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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