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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Trump administration paid an astonishing $13.6 million to Accenture Federal Services -- a subsidiary of the global Accenture consulting company headquartered in the tax haven of Dublin - this year to increase border protection staffing by just two agents, according to a scathing report by a federal watchdog that called for "immediate" action to rectify "serious performance issues."

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"I am the best business man, trust me!"

President Donny Grifts-a-lot

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-12-11 09:33 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

That has to be some sort of pay off. Most corrupt administration in history.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2018-12-11 09:46 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

Most certainly something more going on under the table. As is usually the case with government/big business transactions.

#3 | Posted by sentinel at 2018-12-11 10:59 AM | Reply

"Most certainly something more going on under the table"

That's where all political negotiations and deals are made.

Are you sure there is even a table to go under in the first place?

#4 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2018-12-11 11:00 AM | Reply

Inspector Clouseau and Professor Gadget do not come cheap.

#5 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-12-11 11:04 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Underground wall blocking tunnels now.

#6 | Posted by LesWit at 2018-12-11 11:13 AM | Reply

Better fix this soon. We need thousands of more border agents, especially since the Democrats and Chamber of Commerce Republicans keep stalling on building the wall.

#7 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-12-11 11:13 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Better fix this soon.

7 | Posted by nullifidian

Impeach.

#8 | Posted by Zed at 2018-12-11 11:22 AM | Reply

Another capitalist triumph.

#9 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-12-11 11:25 AM | Reply

but what about Venezuela!

insincerely

The DR "conservative" Deflectobots

#10 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2018-12-11 11:34 AM | Reply

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If we simply moved the U.S. borders to somewhere just south of Tierra del Fuego, this sort of problem could be easily resolved.

#11 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2018-12-11 11:36 AM | Reply

#11

No joke, I've often thought something similar.

#12 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2018-12-11 12:06 PM | Reply

Both hires are REALLY good at their jobs. one will soon be promoted to Chief of Staffs and the other is about to become Homeland Security Secretary...

#13 | Posted by catdog at 2018-12-11 01:10 PM | Reply

If we don't build a wall it will be a national emergency!

Sometimes known as EMERGY 911!

Be afraid! Be very very afraid!

To Humpy's one neuron mind this undefined "wall" is the only solution that will work.

It isn't and (most) Americans are smarter than that.

And it will be Humpy's downfall.

#14 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-12-11 01:11 PM | Reply

Better fix this soon. We need thousands of more border agents, especially since the Democrats and Chamber of Commerce Republicans keep stalling on building the wall.

#7 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

We have walls now over a good chunk of the border. They don't accomplish much.

#15 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-12-11 01:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Better fix this soon. We need thousands of more border agents, especially since the Democrats and Chamber of Commerce Republicans keep stalling on building the wall.

#7 | Posted by nullifidian

the Democrats and Chamber of Commerce Republicans keep stalling on WASTING TENS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON A GIANT "WHITES ONLY" SIGN.

#16 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-12-11 01:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I bet half of that goes back to someone in the Trump administration. Most likely with the surname "Trump."

#17 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-12-11 04:06 PM | Reply

Better fix this soon. We need thousands of more border agents, especially since the Democrats and Chamber of Commerce Republicans keep stalling on building the wall.
#7 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

Trump's Plan To Hire 15,000 Border Patrol And ICE Agents Won't Be Easy

February 23, 2017

President Trump wants to hire 5,000 more Border Patrol agents and 10,000 more Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers to enforce his executive orders on immigration.

It wont be easy.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly was blunt when asked by a member of Congress about it. He said he will add to the ranks "as fast as we can."

But he quickly added, "we will not lower standards and we will not lower training." Kelly then said he didn't believe "we're going to get 10,000 and 5,000 on board within the next couple of years." ...

"You have to make sure that no red flags come up in someone's background before you're putting them in a position like this," says Shawn Moran, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, the union that represents Border Patrol agents.

Moran says it will be "difficult but not impossible" to find 5,000 new agents, adding that when it comes to hiring and training border patrol agents, "we are fans of extreme vetting to make sure that we get the right people."

Yet Moran thinks one part of that vetting is too extreme: the polygraph exam that candidates have to undergo. He calls it flawed and overly burdensome, and says it excludes a higher percentage of candidates than at any other federal agency where polygraphs are used. ...

Ahern says additional Border Patrol agents are very much needed, but that it's going to take time to recruit and hire them, administer medical exams and drug screening, fitness tests and training. "To get somebody delivered on the border," Ahern says, takes a significant period of time, and is "not something that should be compromised."

Even if the process began today, it could take a year or more to bring a new agent on board.

www.npr.org

IOW, we saw this coming. Almost 22 months after this article was posted, they have hired 2 agents?

#18 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-12-11 07:32 PM | Reply

And it will be Humpy's downfall.
#14 | POSTED BY DONNERBOY

The amount of fear mongering in today's press debacle on the part of Trump was truly staggering, even for him! He really wanted to set the narrative, and he did so, only the narrative being "Trump is incredibly, if not fascinatingly, desperate."

#19 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-12-11 07:34 PM | Reply

Initial estimates were thought to be over inflated, at least that was the hope!

Accenture wins $297 million contract from Trump Administration


December 19, 2017

"They're spending almost $40,000 per hire," said Alex Nowrasteh, an immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank in Washington, to the Los Angeles Times. "Just off the bat that seems like a pretty desperate move."

If the contract runs its full five years and is fully paid out, the agency will spend $39,600 per hire. That's just below the $39,738 starting pay for a customs officer.

www.newsindiatimes.com

I'd take $40,000 per recruit over almost $7 million.

But Trump is the Business Man's President, so he clearly understands how money works better than I do.

#20 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-12-11 07:45 PM | Reply

"The Trump administration paid an astonishing $13.6 million to Accenture Federal Services -- a subsidiary of the global Accenture consulting company headquartered in the tax haven of Dublin"

It was wise for Trump to send this payola overseas, beyond the reach of Congress or the Feds.

#21 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-12-11 07:45 PM | Reply

Trump is the Business Man's President, so he clearly understands how money works better than I do.

I wouldn't trust Trump with a lemonade stand let alone our government.

It's unfortunate he conned so many desperate deplorables.

#22 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-12-11 07:53 PM | Reply

Are the two new hires named Nullifidian and Boaz?

#23 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-12-11 08:08 PM | Reply

Trump learns from the best ....

LOL

Accenture, hired to help fix HealthCare.gov, has had a series of stumbles
www.washingtonpost.com

#24 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2018-12-11 11:59 PM | Reply

The party of fecal responsibility.

#25 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2018-12-12 06:36 AM | Reply

I don't mind greater border security with Mexico. But I want something that is financially efficient.

A Wall the length of the border won't help. Expanding the wall is certain areas I'd be okay with.

Spending more on surveillance and the right people, I'm fine with.

But we have other more pressing immigration issues: backlogs in deportation courts, insufficient representation of alleged illegal immigrants, asylum backlogs, and holes in the VISA program. Fixing these things might be a better, most cost effective way of reducing the number of illegal immigrants than simply throwing money at the border to catch a couple hundred more people per year.

#26 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-12-12 12:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

#26 | POSTED BY SYCOPHANT

Very well stated.

#27 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-12-12 12:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

--simply throwing money at the border to catch a couple hundred more people per year.

You're delusional. The border patrol caught 3000 illegal job-seekers on just one day, Dec. 3rd.

"The 3,029 people caught Dec. 3 is the highest one-day total in years, and he said at the current rate, the country would shatter last year's record number of immigrant families who attempted to push their way into the country without permission."

#28 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-12-12 12:23 PM | Reply

#17 - Or Putin?

#29 | Posted by getoffmedz at 2018-12-12 02:11 PM | Reply

$25 million per mile of wall sounds unnecessarily expensive.

I guess the government is still paying $500 for hammers and toilet seats.

#30 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-12-12 02:40 PM | Reply

#28 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

Illegal job seekers. I like that.

A caravan of job seekers. Whelp, we need workers! So why not process more of them through with work visas?

#31 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-12-12 02:51 PM | Reply

$25 million per mile of wall sounds unnecessarily expensive.
I guess the government is still paying $500 for hammers and toilet seats.

#30 | POSTED BY RSTYBEACH11

How many people do they have to imminent domain to build a wall across their land? That is gonna be a lot of lawsuits.

All those "small-government" conservatives supporting big government stealing people's land.

#32 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2018-12-12 05:21 PM | Reply

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