Border by Boeing, Overseen by Corporate Pals


Since the Bush administration is outsourcing security along the Mexican border to Boeing Co., you’d think they’d want to keep a close eye on how the company is handling the job, not to mention spending the billions of taxpayer dollars that go with it. Turns out, they can’t be bothered – they’ve outsourced that, too. As Rep. Henry Waxman (D-LA) pointed out in hearings yesterday, oversight on the Secure Border Initiative has been handed over to consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc. – which just happens to do regular business with their buddies at Boeing. You can get Waxman’s full report here.

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