DHS Inspector General investigates no-bid contract involving non-profit, Biden transition official
Fox News correspondent David Spunt joins ‘Special Report’ with the details
EXCLUSIVE: The Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General’s office is evaluating a multi-million dollar contract awarded to a Texas company that employs a former Biden transition official, multiple sources with the probe confirm to Fox News.
A DHS IG official tells Fox News the contract, with the San Antonio-based nonprofit Endeavors, is the subject of an ongoing evaluation to look at how “ICE plans to house migrant families in hotels, and how ICE selected a contractor to implement these plans.” The Formal title of the probe is, “ICE’s Contract to House Migrants in Hotels.”
Tens of thousands of migrants are crossing the southern border every month, with nearly 180,000 encountered by Customs and Border Patrol along the Southwestern Border in April 2021.
Thousands of those migrants are now being housed in hotels, thanks to Endeavors. The company recently landed a couple of massive government contracts worth upwards of a half-billion dollars.
On January 20th, 2021, the very day President Joe Biden took the oath of office, Endeavors put out a news release announcing the hiring of Andrew Lorenzen-Strait, a former Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official who also served as a Biden transition advisor on Homeland Security issues.
Such no-bid contracts were a rallying cry for Democrats during the Trump Administration. “If you know a little bit about monster trucks, you know one of them is called ‘Swamp Thing.’ That’s Trump. He is a swamp thing,” said Senator Sheldon Whitehouse on April 27th, 2017.
When reached by phone, Lorenzen-Strait told Fox News he works at Endeavors but had no further comment. The Department of Homeland Security is expected to end its contract with Endeavors in September, The Department of Health and Human Services in July.
HHS has acknowledged receipt of our inquiries but has not responded.
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