Thursday, June 30, 2005

Put on your sleuthing hats, kids!

In a laundry list of the TSA's fraud, waste and abuse, we find this nugget:
$5.4 million claimed for nine months' salary for the chief executive of an "event logistics" firm that received a contract before it was incorporated and went out of business after the contract ended.
$303 million dollars was called into question in the audit, but we need to find a name for this CEO. I'm taking bets that he's either a) a Bush donor or; b) is connected to Richard Perle's Trireme Partners.

Let's bust these fuckers.

Update: As was pointed out to me in comments , the person's name is already in the frickin' article, so I'm an idiot. It's a Ms. Sunnye Sims of Carlsbad, CA. Poster Walden writes:
Sunnye Sims, 42. "Sims is a travel industry entrepreneur who now serves as a program director at an Evangelical Free Church in southern California. She served as marketing and sales director for a group called the International Travel Directors Association in Orlando" [Florida].

It says she also granted herself a $270,000 pension.

All the contract stuff was handled by WJS consulting Inc, which she formed with Nita Sullivan.

Sims was unavailable for comment as she is "on a mission trip" in Africa.
While she is a minor Republican donor -- $300 to the National Republican Congressional Committe in 2003 -- I think there's something more here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read about this in the "Washington Post" this morning and was absolutely appalled. I just wonder what our various Homeland Protection agencies have to say about that - who the Hell is running the show here??? Heads should roll over this crap and the Sims person should be made to pay back every penny that she "earned".

11:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was one of the logistics coordinators involved on this program. There was waste approved by Deb Hurst from NCS Pearson. Eclipse was bare bones spending. I flew from ORD-GUM in Economy NOT first class as suggested, yet the NCS Pearson people were flying first. NCS employees were famous for not paying incidental bills and we had to check them on every expense. It was a constant battle to keep costs down because NCS always demanded more. There were hotels that jacked up prices and we battled them also. At one point in the program there was a total of a 150 sites opened at once. I was at a total of 6 sites in 5 months (I never went home) and none of my sites were over budget. My issue with this is Sunnye is being treated like a criminal. She was a lady given an opportunity and she did the best with what she was given to work with. As the deadline loomed congress pulled the funding so a last minute hiring furry happened. NCS Pearson stopped doing background checks on potential candidates and the result is a lot of unqualified people got hired to meet the deadline. This was based on quotas and NOT qualifications. To sum up there was waste but not on the Eclipse side. If there is blame then blame the ones in charge of the program NCS Pearson.

2:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1 more dingaling in the travel business pretending to be an event planner

2:02 PM  

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