Your Affirmative-Action Dollars At Work
The Washington Post reported Friday that two former high-level Pentagon officials have been convicted of getting more than $1.1 million in cash, as well as sexual favors and gifts—”including expensive gold watches and the services of prostitutes”—in exchange for helping minority-owned companies secure government contracts. One of the men had actually headed the Defense Department’s influential Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization. This is, of course, only the latest in the unbroken record of corruption in the federal government’s minority contracting programs. But since the whole point of these programs is to award contracts to companies other than those that submit the lowest bids, what’s a little additional baksheesh among friends?