We get around, and we have 2 brains and 4 eyes, so we see things and remember them... A Wikipedia entry for the Unisys Corp. was changed, but we retained the original text for you to peruse below. The question not being asked in the news media is WHAT COMPANY DID THE FIRED STATE DEPT. CONTRACTORS WORK FOR?
and better yet, where were they? Not in Bangledesh we hope!
Privitizing and outsourcing is a mistake, a tragic greedy and stupid error.
"Hybrid Information Technology Services for State (HITSS)
Subcontractor to Edgesource, Contract Number: SAQMPD07D0068
Exp. 04/03/2012 • ADP systems development, support, maintenance andsecurity • Systems and software analysis and development • Local/Wide Area Network (LAN/WAN) support • Computer enter operations • Hardware/Software maintenance • Computer security • Support to the Travel Document Issuance Systems"
"MCLEAN, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 6, 1997--Unisys Corp. Tuesday announced that its Federal Systems Division has been awarded a $15.7 million contract for program and systems support services from the Department of State, Office of Foreign Missions (OFM) to support compliance with the 1982 Foreign Missions Act."
"As a result of Operation Ill Wind, Unisys pleaded guilty to an eight-count felony indictment, which included using fraud, bribery and illegal campaign contributions to obtain billions of dollars in defense contracts. Unisys' former vice president Charles Gardner, former executive Ralph Hughes, former defense consultant William Galvin and at least nine other Unisys employees and consultants were indicted and later pleaded guilty to charges of fraudulent practices in obtaining Pentagon contracts. More than a dozen former Unisys executives and defense consultants admitted to unlawful activities."
"The FBI is investigating a major information technology firm with a $1.7 billion Department of Homeland Security contract after it allegedly failed to detect cyber break-ins traced to a Chinese-language Web site and then tried to cover up its deficiencies, according to congressional investigators. At the center of the probe is Unisys Corp., a company that in 2002 won a $1 billion deal to build, secure and manage the information technology networks for the Transportation Security Administration and DHS headquarters. In 2005, the company was awarded a $750 million follow-on contract."
OH, these guys are good!
Here's the ghost Wiki entry...
"In 2003 and 2004, Unisys retained influential lobbyist
Jack Abramoff, paying his firm $640,000 for his
services in those two years. In January 2006, Abramoff
pleaded guilty to five felony counts for various
crimes related to his federal lobbying activities,
though none of his crimes involved work on behalf of
Unisys.  The lobbying activities of Abramoff and
his associates are now the subject of a large federal
In 2005, there was further trouble for the company
related to consulting work it was doing for the U.S.
Transportation and Security Administration. In
October, federal auditors announced that the company
had overbilled on the $1 to 3 billion contract for
almost 171,000 hours of labor and overtime. Unisys
denied wrongdoing. 
In 2007, the FBI began investigating Unisys for
allegedly botching its duties under a contract with
the United States Department of Homeland Security. A
number of security lapses supposedly occurred during a
period in which Unisys was supposed to be improving
the security of DHS networks, including incidents in
which data was transmitted to Chinese servers .
Unisys denies all charges, but would not comment on
details because of classified information..
In 2007, Unisys also had to pay the Australian
Department Of Immigration and Citizenship large sums
of money due to numerous security breaches including a
volatile email sent by a staff member to the Secretary
Of Immigration. The Immigration
project was intended to be their red ribbon project in
the Asia-Pacific region and also was the project they
implemented in the hope of bringing themselves out of
default in the Asia-Pacific region.
In 2007, after 3 years of massive losses and
consecutive losing quarters, Unisys spun off one their
service divisions to remain in business. Since the
loss of Larry Weinbach the company has been in a free
fall. Its Blue Bell Headquarters is already on the
auction block and stands to bring in 100-150 million
dollars to help stem the blood loss. In other cost
cutting measures employees mileage reimbursements have
been slashed and wages frozen.
Outsourcing almost all administrative and technical
positions to India has led to the loss of more
UPDATE: The Stanley Co. and The Analysis Corp. are the contractors behind the Passport-gate Scandal... but it gets weirder with a CIA connection! From the Washington Times
"TAC is a McLean-based information firm that has helped the State Department automate the Terrorist Watchlist over the last several years, the company’s Web site said. TAC’s Chief Executive Officer John O. Brennan is a former CIA agent who is an adviser to Mr. Obama’s presidential campaign."
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