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DHS Officials Testify About Limousine Contract

LCT Staff
Posted on July 19, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials testified before a House committee that they do not have enough employees to do proper background checks on business contracts. This was revealed after investigations into Washington, D.C.-area Shirlington Limousine, the company contracted to provide buses and cars to DHS employees in order to transport them to agency offices, showed a past history of poor service.

Shirlington received attention after allegedly driving former Calif. Congressman Randy Cunningham and other people, including a prostitute, around Washington, D.C. Cunningham is currently serving an eight-year sentence for several counts of bribery. The company also faced eviction from its offices in 2003 and 2004. Prior to that, Howard University cancelled its contract with Shirlington citing poor service.

Committee members question why DHS signed a contract with Shirlington despite its known history. The associate deputy administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration said Shirlington met the DHS’ four eligibility requirements for businesses in economically distressed neighborhoods.

SOURCE: Daily World EU News

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