Grace Meng Sends a “WTF” Letter to Homeland Security Secretary After Government Spends Millions on Firm for Two Hires
Customs and Border Protection paid a firm $13.6 million to hire recruits; it hired two. Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-NY) wants to know why. She sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen expressing concern and outrage over a scathing report by the Office of the Inspector General which revealed that Accenture Federal Services was to fill thousands of new jobs to satisfy Donald Trump's mandate to secure the southern border is "nowhere near" completing its hiring goals and "risks wasting millions of taxpayer dollars." The private consulting firm was awarded a $297 million contract to recruit and hire 7,500 agents and officers over five years. However, after spending $13.6 million over the first 10 months of the contract, the company fell drastically short. “I am incensed to learn about this gross incompetence," said Meng. "Awarding $13.6 million to hire two employees is outrageous, and it’s an appalling waste of taxpayer dollars. The President's executive order is a massive failure. It must be rescinded and the contract with Accenture must immediately be modified. I have called for these actions to be taken in my letter to the Secretary, and I eagerly await her reply." Read her full letter here.