Tuesday, September 20, 2005

The First Senior White House Aide Arrested

from the Times,

"The arrest of the official, David H. Safavian, head of procurement policy at the Office of Management and Budget, was the first to result from the wide-ranging corruption investigation of Mr. Abramoff, once among the most powerful and best-paid lobbyists in Washington and a close friend of Representative Tom DeLay, the House majority leader."

6 Thoughts:

Blogger Doug said...

The first of many, I hope.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005 9:20:00 AM  
Blogger A.T. said...

Too funny. The "head of procurement policy at the Office of Management and Budget" is a "senior White House aide??" That's rich.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005 9:25:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

"A senior White House budget official, who resigned abruptly last week was arrested Monday on charges of lying to investigators and obstructing a federal inquiry involving Jack Abramoff, the Republican lobbyist who has been under scrutiny by the Justice Department for more than a year."

Call it what you will, but this is one of many scandals that seems, finally, to be destroying this criminal administration.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005 9:34:00 AM  
Blogger Demotiki said...

What Allen fails to understand is that in a corrupt cleptocracy like the current administration, the head of procurement policy at the Office of Management and Budget is a very important person. You see, he helps figure out the "policy" that determines how the Administration can give hand-outs to the corporate fat-cats. It's no accident that one of Abramoff's men is in a procurement job . . . anyone who think so is a complete fool.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005 10:49:00 AM  
Blogger pawlr said...

Another crony, described in 2004 as the "Bush Administration point man", begging the question - how many corrupt, incompetent sleeper cells does this administration have? Read the whole article on this goon's confirmation, how moderate he seemed...

He doesn't have a lot of background in procurement, so the hope is that he's a good learner," says Steven Kelman, who served as federal procurement administrator in the Clinton administration. "I don't know where David Safavian comes out on [acquisition reform]," says Allan Burman, another former procurement chief. Angela Styles, who held the top acquisition post until last September, says Safavian has "no apparent philosophy" on procurement issues. The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee approved Safavian's nomination on June 2...

As procurement administrator, Safavian would be the Bush administration's point man for its controversial competitive sourcing initiative, which likely would take up much of his time. But some experts say OMB should attend to broader acquisition issues. If Safavian is confirmed, he would take office at a time of increased procurement scrutiny. Ethics fallout over Boeing executive Darleen Druyun's criminal plea, controversy about the use of contractors in Iraq, and revelations of questionable practices at FTS could spur further investigation.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005 10:52:00 AM  
Blogger Demotiki said...


How on earth can these guys preach "values?" When they said "family values," I doubt voters were thinking the "Sopranos family" values.


Tuesday, September 20, 2005 8:07:00 PM  

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