The Corner

Insurance Exchange Contractor Got Increased Award Despite Scandals

Today on the homepage, I report about Serco, an Obamacare contractor with a long and scandal-ridden record abroad. Regardless of numerous problems, Serco secured one of the ACA’s largest insurance-exchange contracts after spending more than a million dollars in recent years on lobbying and political contributions.

Just days after the Obama administration announced in July that it was awarding Serco a $1.249 billion contract, news broke that the huge multinational corporation was being investigated by the British Serious Fraud Office for potentially overbilling the government by millions of dollars.

One might suspect, then, that the Obama administration would feel a bit bashful about granting a billion-dollar contract to Serco. But instead, it defended its choice, calling Serco a “highly skilled company” with “a proven track record in providing cost-effective services to numerous other federal agencies.”

But Serco’s July overbilling scandal was fast followed by others. In August, the London police began looking into whether Serco had falsified reports about their performance for another government contract. And in September, a woman from the Serco-managed Yarl’s Wood immigration-detention center claimed she had been sexually coerced by its employees.

Even so, I’ve just learned, the Obama administration chose shortly thereafter to significantly increase Serco’s contract, putting its total potential value at $1.336 billion.

Oh, and a few more updates, too: I reported that Serco’s CEO resigned last week amid the allegations that the corporation had essentially stolen from British taxpayers. Well, now, news reports say that two more staffers at Serco-run Yarl’s Wood have just been fired for having sex with a detained woman, and a third was fired for doing nothing when the woman reported what they had done. That’s after three Serco staffers were fired last year for inappropriate sexual conduct, and after Serco paid an undisclosed sum to a Pakistani woman who said she was sexually assaulted, though the corporation never admitted liability.

By the way, I’ll be talking about this story with Lou Dobbs at 7:30 tonight, and with Greta Van Susteren at 7:45. Tune in!

Most Popular

Media

About That ‘Uncoverable’ Biden Story

Journalists claim they can’t cover the New York Post’s Hunter Biden email scoop because the underlying evidence has yet to been verified. Also, they won’t look for any verifying evidence because there isn’t enough evidence. It’s quite the conundrum. Because other than the now-corroborated emails, ... Read More
Media

About That ‘Uncoverable’ Biden Story

Journalists claim they can’t cover the New York Post’s Hunter Biden email scoop because the underlying evidence has yet to been verified. Also, they won’t look for any verifying evidence because there isn’t enough evidence. It’s quite the conundrum. Because other than the now-corroborated emails, ... Read More
Music

Stevie Nicks, Like Springsteen, Preaches and Preens

In the 1970s, Stevie Nicks and Bruce Springsteen made impressions on pop-music culture with romantic rock landmarks, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours album and Springsteen’s Born to Run. But their new 2020 releases, Nicks’s single “Show Them the Way” and Springsteen’s Letter to You film and album, make the ... Read More
Music

Stevie Nicks, Like Springsteen, Preaches and Preens

In the 1970s, Stevie Nicks and Bruce Springsteen made impressions on pop-music culture with romantic rock landmarks, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours album and Springsteen’s Born to Run. But their new 2020 releases, Nicks’s single “Show Them the Way” and Springsteen’s Letter to You film and album, make the ... Read More
White House

Hell, Yes

Editor’s Note: If you would like to read more pros and cons on voting for President Trump, further essays on the subject, each from a different perspective, can be found here, here, here, here, and here. These articles, and the one below, reflect the views of the individual authors, not of the National ... Read More
White House

Hell, Yes

Editor’s Note: If you would like to read more pros and cons on voting for President Trump, further essays on the subject, each from a different perspective, can be found here, here, here, here, and here. These articles, and the one below, reflect the views of the individual authors, not of the National ... Read More
Law & the Courts

The Kavanaugh Court

If Justice Barrett votes as her mentor Justice Scalia did, she will be part of an ascendant conservative majority on the Supreme Court. What kinds of decisions can we expect from this majority? Short answer: Ask Brett Kavanaugh. Contrary to how journalists frame each seat change on the Court, comparing the new ... Read More
Law & the Courts

The Kavanaugh Court

If Justice Barrett votes as her mentor Justice Scalia did, she will be part of an ascendant conservative majority on the Supreme Court. What kinds of decisions can we expect from this majority? Short answer: Ask Brett Kavanaugh. Contrary to how journalists frame each seat change on the Court, comparing the new ... Read More