Legislator seeks details on DHS limousine service contract

A senior Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee called a meeting late Tuesday with the Homeland Security Department's chief procurement officer to demand answers on whether contracts were improperly awarded to a limousine service that is under federal investigation for possibly providing prostitutes to public officials.

House Homeland Security Management Subcommittee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Ala., said he wanted Homeland Security procurement chief Elaine Duke to explain details of contracts to Shirlington Limousine and Transportation Inc., of Arlington, Va.

The FBI is investigating whether military contractors linked to former Rep. Randy (Duke) Cunningham arranged for the company to provide prostitutes for him and other lawmakers. Cunningham pleaded guilty last fall to taking $2.4 million in bribes from military contractors.

Shirlington was awarded a five-year, $21.2 million contact last year to drive Homeland Security employees and officials around Washington. The company had previously received a $3.8 million contact in 2004.

"There didn't seem to be a lot of competition for a $21 million contract. Now that may not be a big contract in Washington, D.C., but in east Alabama it's a pretty good size," Rogers said. "How did this contract come about? Why [were] there no security investigations done? Who else was competing for this?"

He added: "My understanding is that some of these limo services shuttle around DHS officials who are high ranking. I want to know if Shirlington or this particular contract had any of those responsibilities. Because if it did, then obviously there should have been some background checks of some kind."

House Homeland Security ranking member Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Homeland Security Emergency Preparedness Subcommittee ranking member Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., Monday asked the Homeland Security Department inspector general to review the contact. Rogers said he planned to talk to Thompson late Tuesday about the matter.

Members of the full committee also plan to discuss the contract at a previously scheduled May 18 hearing on contracts, hiring processes and security clearances.

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Going Agile:Revolutionizing Federal Digital Services Delivery

    Here’s one indication that times have changed: Harriet Tubman is going to be the next face of the twenty dollar bill. Another sign of change? The way in which the federal government arrived at that decision.

    Download
  • Cyber Risk Report: Cybercrime Trends from 2016

    In our first half 2016 cyber trends report, SurfWatch Labs threat intelligence analysts noted one key theme – the interconnected nature of cybercrime – and the second half of the year saw organizations continuing to struggle with that reality. The number of potential cyber threats, the pool of already compromised information, and the ease of finding increasingly sophisticated cybercriminal tools continued to snowball throughout the year.

    Download
  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

    Download
  • GBC Issue Brief: The Future of 9-1-1

    A Look Into the Next Generation of Emergency Services

    Download
  • GBC Survey Report: Securing the Perimeters

    A candid survey on cybersecurity in state and local governments

    Download
  • The New IP: Moving Government Agencies Toward the Network of The Future

    Federal IT managers are looking to modernize legacy network infrastructures that are taxed by growing demands from mobile devices, video, vast amounts of data, and more. This issue brief discusses the federal government network landscape, as well as market, financial force drivers for network modernization.

    Download
  • eBook: State & Local Cybersecurity

    CenturyLink is committed to helping state and local governments meet their cybersecurity challenges. Towards that end, CenturyLink commissioned a study from the Government Business Council that looked at the perceptions, attitudes and experiences of state and local leaders around the cybersecurity issue. The results were surprising in a number of ways. Learn more about their findings and the ways in which state and local governments can combat cybersecurity threats with this eBook.

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.