$18 million Recovery.gov contract goes to Hoyer contributors

posted at 10:22 am on July 9, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama promised to end the influence and corruption in Washington, campaigning on Hope and Change.  His plan to reverse the economic decline was supposed to be a model of this new culture of openness and transparency, with the new Recovery.gov website as its crown jewel.  David Freddoso reports exclusively at the Washington Examiner that the new crown jewel will get polished by the politically connected:

ABC reports this morning that the Maryland firm Smartronix has won what seems like an enormous $18 million contract to re-design the Recovery.gov website. Approximately $9.5 million would be spent by January in order to make “Recovery 2.0″ out of the site that is at least supposed track the spending of federal stimulus funds in detail.

Smartronix, a medium-sized Maryland-based firm (over 500 employees) founded in 1995, boasts a large number of government clients, mostly military. The company appears to have just one important political connection: according to FEC records, Smartronix president, Mohammed Javaid, vice president Alan Parris, and partner John Parris have together given $19,000 to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D) since 1999.

First, let’s focus on the dollar amount for this contract.  Since when does it cost $18 million for a website, even one with a database requiring updates on a quarterly basis?  Fedspending.org, the project from OMB Watch, does exactly what Recovery.gov promises for a fraction of that cost — and Fedspending covers the entire federal budget, not just Porkulus.

Fedspending provides a look at Smartronix’ interactions with the government.  In FY2007, for instance, Smartronix got $47 million in federal contracts.  Of that revenue, only $132,000 came in the form of fully open, multi-bid competition.  Its other contracts either came as the result of a single-bid competition ($25 million) or competition with other sources excluded ($20 million).

Did other companies bid on the Recovery.gov contract?  Or did it get handed to Hoyer’s cronies like its other projects?  David Freddoso says that the Examiner has more to come.


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Geez, I can only imagine what the “private medical information on every American” website is going to cost!

ctmom on July 9, 2009 at 10:25 AM

$18 million for a website re-design. Splendid.

myrenovations on July 9, 2009 at 10:26 AM

There’s an update already:

UPDATE: Smartronix got $260 million in other federal contracts

Smartronix has received more than $260 million in federal contracts since the year 2000, with the top awarding agencies being the U.S. Navy, Federal Technology Service, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Minerals Management Service, and the Office of Policy, Management and Budget (not clear which department or agency issued this contract), according to USASpending.gov.

Nearly $180 million of the contracts awarded to Smartronix during the period 2000-2009 were awarded on less-than-competitive basis, including $21 million for non-competitive awards. Another $33 million was awarded in competitive processes in which Smartronix was the sole bidder.

Enoxo on July 9, 2009 at 10:27 AM

I would have done it for $17M…

mjbrooks3 on July 9, 2009 at 10:27 AM

Democrats are like disgusting scavengers that feed on dead, decaying flesh. The entire Republic is being raped by these dolts and our survival is doubtful.

rplat on July 9, 2009 at 10:28 AM

I’ll do it at a firesale price of only $8.5M — less than half of the currently contracted price. And I’ll donate half of the proceeds to Nancy Pelosi’s reelection campaign. You listening, Nancy — $4.25M just for you if you call now at 1-800-555-1212. Operators are standing by.

unclesmrgol on July 9, 2009 at 10:28 AM

is there any morals in this country?

hawkman on July 9, 2009 at 10:28 AM

Most of these huge IT contracts have one thing in common — they never work.

tarpon on July 9, 2009 at 10:28 AM

The person who came up with the name “Smartronix” should get at least $2M…

mjbrooks3 on July 9, 2009 at 10:29 AM

18 million dollars and it won’t be up until they try to cram everything through

Tazz 55 on July 9, 2009 at 10:29 AM

5 bucks says Hoyer didn’t read the IT contract.

LastRick on July 9, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Was there a budget in the stimulus for stimulus-promotion projects. If so, does anybody know how much was allocated?

Joe Caps on July 9, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Most ethical congress evah!!!! ( ok stop laughing)

grapeknutz on July 9, 2009 at 10:31 AM

“Recovery 2.0″ out of the site that is at least supposed track the spending of federal stimulus funds in detail.

________________________________

by the end of the year, ‘we’ll have Recovery 10.0′

cmsinaz on July 9, 2009 at 10:32 AM

I could have done it 1/2 of that and saved or created at least 100 jobs….

izoneguy on July 9, 2009 at 10:32 AM

I now have “hope & change” fever. I really hope things change from the way they are headed under Dear Leader.

rbj on July 9, 2009 at 10:33 AM

5 bucks says Hoyer didn’t read the IT contract.

LastRick on July 9, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Ten bucks says the “contract” was in the form of a dollar figure written on a cocktail napkin over martinis.

sherry on July 9, 2009 at 10:33 AM

this must be part of that stimulas fraud that greasy joe was talking about…

SHARPTOOTH on July 9, 2009 at 10:33 AM

But the website will have a cool intro…

Firebird on July 9, 2009 at 10:34 AM

Tipping point in 10, 9, 8, 7…… ah, who am I kidding.

mjbrooks3 on July 9, 2009 at 10:35 AM

The person who came up with the name “Smartronix” should get at least $2M…

mjbrooks3 on July 9, 2009 at 10:29 AM

LOL!

DarkCurrent on July 9, 2009 at 10:35 AM

MurthaTech must be angry it missed out on this one.

JKahn913 on July 9, 2009 at 10:35 AM

The company appears to have just one important political connection

they are not looking hard enough

runner on July 9, 2009 at 10:35 AM

How do you spend $18 million on a website anyhow? Unless the website is going to be put on a top of the line super computer with enough internet bandwidth to service China run by the 10 most amazing computer guys known to man. You would also need to have a new ultra-secure building staffed with former military to ensure the safety of the machine and then you would need to find another use for the remaining $10 million. The most well run commercial website can cost up to $75,000 if all new code is required along with all the bells and whistles such as SQL, Flash, etc etc. I know the government is wasteful but this is more retarded than usual.

txaggie on July 9, 2009 at 10:35 AM

5 bucks says Hoyer didn’t read the IT contract.

LastRick on July 9, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Ten bucks says the “contract” was in the form of a dollar figure written on a cocktail napkin over martinis.

sherry on July 9, 2009 at 10:33 AM

You guys a playing with petty cash.

I’ll bet 1.8 trillion that the contract was a mere wink and a back slap.

myrenovations on July 9, 2009 at 10:36 AM

No blood for HTML.

LibTired on July 9, 2009 at 10:36 AM

More jobs for Washington and its susburbs, which already have among the lowest unemployment rates in the country. I have a friend in Florida who is an ace marketer and Website designer and needs the work, and could have done a bangup job at a fraction of $18 million.

Hey Ed, how about posting the article I sent in yesterday on Rep. Patrick Murphy and his shady earmarks? There’s a treasure trove of corruption stories on these House Democrats.

rockmom on July 9, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Gee, I’m glad my hard earned tax dollars (current or borrowed against) are going to worthwhile projects like this…………

Vashta.Nerada on July 9, 2009 at 10:37 AM

18 million dollars divided by 500 employees equal $36000 per employee hmmm government think headlines another
500 jobs saves.

easyone on July 9, 2009 at 10:37 AM

That gets you the Beta. Testing and QC is really gonna cost ya.

Ted Torgerson on July 9, 2009 at 10:37 AM

The left can do anything they want. The GOP has been neutered for some time.

ultracon on July 9, 2009 at 10:37 AM

The contract calls for spending $9.5 million through January, and as much as $18 million through 2014, according to the GSA press release.

I’m sorry… 18 million through 2014, for a recovery website in 2009?

This has to be embezzlement.

Enoxo on July 9, 2009 at 10:38 AM

$18 million for a website re-design. Splendid.

myrenovations on July 9, 2009 at 10:26 AM

America in the year 2009: a tin-pot leftist in the White House, and Congress turning us into a kleptocracy.

Jaibones on July 9, 2009 at 10:38 AM

No blood for HTML.

LibTired on July 9, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Thank you so much for that.

Loxodonta on July 9, 2009 at 10:39 AM

I’m a web designer by trade and judging from this, I am WAY underpaid. I need to start charging like $5000/hr.

NoLeftTurn on July 9, 2009 at 10:39 AM

No corruption here, move on, move on, nothing to see here.

GarandFan on July 9, 2009 at 10:41 AM

That’s why the best stimulus is tax cuts. We, the People will spend the money in a much more stimulative way.

Politicians will spend it on their re-election.

wildcat84 on July 9, 2009 at 10:42 AM

So this adds up to newly created jobs. We know Obamacare will put the squeeze on docs and hospitals before they get 18 million dollars. I do realize a cheapo website is more difficult than the black Panthers and ACORN contractors can handle.

seven on July 9, 2009 at 10:42 AM

Could Smartronix have been the target of the recent hacking attempts. That kind of money should buy a lot of security.

fourdeucer on July 9, 2009 at 10:44 AM

Bailout for Adobe?

karlant on July 9, 2009 at 10:44 AM

Huffpo and KOS are both about to release new articles on what Rumsfeldt had for dinner last night, you know, just trying to keep their readers current.

Bishop on July 9, 2009 at 10:45 AM

I think you can build a website for free on Yahoo.

Jeff from WI on July 9, 2009 at 10:45 AM

These guys are absolutely shameless.

Some of these Democrats are going to learn the hard way that they aren’t Obama, and they can’t walk on water like he does.

forest on July 9, 2009 at 10:46 AM

We, the People…
wildcat84 on July 9, 2009 at 10:42 AM

Sadly, the phrase We, the People has been replaced with We, the Government.

myrenovations on July 9, 2009 at 10:46 AM

Jeff from WI on July 9, 2009 at 10:45 AM

LOL

cmsinaz on July 9, 2009 at 10:46 AM

So a $19,000 “investment” in Hoyer has netted over $280 million in no-bid or one-bid gov’t contracts for this firm?

We should all have “investments” that do this well.

And hey Hoyer, you should raise your bribery fees. You’re selling out your integrity (and your country) for way too little. For the kind of money you’ve been sending their way, these guys should be paying you a whole lot more.

AZCoyote on July 9, 2009 at 10:49 AM

Halliburton!

Cheney!

Del Dolemonte on July 9, 2009 at 10:49 AM

To put this into perspective for FLOTUS…think how many Lanvin sneakers and VBH purses that could buy.

mjbrooks3 on July 9, 2009 at 10:50 AM

Ahhhh, but isn’t that the point. 18 million is peanuts at this points so it doesn’t really matter.

tomas on July 9, 2009 at 10:52 AM

$18 million for a website re-design. Splendid.

myrenovations on July 9, 2009 at 10:26 AM

Good work if you can get it.

I’d love that contract. I might even hire one other person to do all the work while I enjoy the money.

Daggett on July 9, 2009 at 10:53 AM

I guess Sheriff Joe needs all the overpriced help he can get.

BuckeyeSam on July 9, 2009 at 10:55 AM

The awesomeness of the One should be entitled to a new domain. Something like .OBAMA, .gov .net .com .edu .mil just isn’t enough.

fourdeucer on July 9, 2009 at 10:55 AM

The awesomeness of the One should be entitled to a new domain. Something like .OBAMA, .gov .net .com .edu .mil just isn’t enough.

fourdeucer on July 9, 2009 at 10:55 AM

I like how you think. First one should be recovery.crap

sherry on July 9, 2009 at 10:58 AM

It can be frustrating reading these threads. Not simply because we knew this would happen, but because there’s so many… Ed should just post one huge Liberals are Corrupt post every day. It about wraps it up.

Upstater85 on July 9, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Bribery, no-bid contracts, pandering, millions, billions, trillions …

:::yawn:::

Wake me up when one of our (s)elected officials does something illegal or immoral.

VibrioCocci on July 9, 2009 at 11:00 AM

just set my DVR for Katie Couric’s detailed expose on this corruption on tonight’s CBS Evening News. Yeah. Right.

SDarchitect on July 9, 2009 at 11:02 AM

If you criticize the Democrats, you’re rooting against America, you traitors!

juliesa on July 9, 2009 at 11:03 AM

I bet it’s a pretty, flashy website, though!

SouthernGent on July 9, 2009 at 11:05 AM

I’ll do it for $9 million.

smfoushee on July 9, 2009 at 11:05 AM

18M for a website redesign? Now I know for sure I’m in the wrong business. I’d just like to get 25thou to fix our little back country road. It is shovel ready. Mine.

Kissmygrits on July 9, 2009 at 11:05 AM

Wake me up when one of our (s)elected officials does something illegal or immoral.
VibrioCocci on July 9, 2009 at 11:00 AM

Fixed It For Me

VibrioCocci on July 9, 2009 at 11:06 AM

I like how you think. First one should be recovery.crap
sherry on July 9, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Ogabe.god

America.dead

Bishop on July 9, 2009 at 11:06 AM

It’s a bust out!

Locusts and leeches“, the lot of them.

Dusty on July 9, 2009 at 11:08 AM

$9.5 million would be spent by January in order to make “Recovery 2.0″ out of the site

Hey, you need “Recovery 2.0″ to go along with “Porkulus 2.0″, after all.

batter on July 9, 2009 at 11:11 AM

Bishop on July 9, 2009 at 11:06 AM

How about America.FUBAR

fourdeucer on July 9, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Getting $9.5 million for an investment of $19,000. Putting the Smart in Smartronics.

ROCnPhilly on July 9, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Smartronics = Smartronix

ROCnPhilly on July 9, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Instead of wringing our hands and moaning over what is going on here, why not give House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer something else for he and his staff to do, like burying them in several thousands letters and emails from We The People Fed Up With All This B.S., letting Hoyer know that contrary to his delusions of no one watching all of us, people most definitely are and we are not happy about it.

At the very least, it will give Hoyer and his cronies something constructive to do for a change. And it would send a very clear message to Congress that we ARE paying attention to what is going on.

You can write dear old Steny at:

1705 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

or

U.S. District Courthouse
6500 Cherrywood Lane, Suite 310
Greenbelt, MD 20770

or

401 Post Office Road, Ste. 202
Waldorf, MD 20602

or just drop him 1 or 1,000,000 or so emails at:

http://majorityleader.gov/.

pilamaye on July 9, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Once again…those planes hit the wrong building.

mr1216 on July 9, 2009 at 11:18 AM

What’s being ignored here is HOW MUCH MONEY WAS WASTED IN THE ORIGINAL DESIGN, IF IT HAS TO BE “RE-DESIGNED” just months after it was originally designed? And WHO was paid for THAT, and HOW MUCH? WHO is behind the actual design and doling out taxpayer’s money for the initial project? Somebody needs to go to jail for this, INCLUDING Hoyer, who’s a typical spend spend spend Democrat idiot.

bradley11 on July 9, 2009 at 11:20 AM

If the government is paying for it. They always pay way to much for it and the service that is provided usually sucks too. I’m sure the $18 million dollar price tag will guarantee us transparency and accuracy. This is just like throwing this money into a fire.

Brat4life on July 9, 2009 at 11:25 AM

Once again…those planes hit the wrong building.

mr1216 on July 9, 2009 at 11:18 AM

You know, I was thinking that that would make a great HA poll:

If you can discount the innocent collateral damage, (remember this is hypothetical), and on 911 an aircraft hit Congress, your opinion would be:

A: Horrible, how could anyone ask such a thing.

B. I’d be upset, but not as much as I think this over.

C. I couldn’t care less either way.

D. I’d strongly endorse such an event.

E. Do they need someone to draw them a bulls eye on the building.

Jeff from WI on July 9, 2009 at 11:27 AM

Change you can believe in.

1.8 billion pennies. Pocket Change in the Age of Porkulus.

Changucopia on July 9, 2009 at 11:42 AM

But, but, but…the Rethuglicans…

Grafted on July 9, 2009 at 11:43 AM

“is there any morals in this country?” – hawkman

Yes. Aisle 8, rack 87B, Warehouse 13. Stored until they’re no longer dangerous.

HotWeaver on July 9, 2009 at 11:44 AM

And yet one of the linchpins of Obamacare is that government can provide service more efficiently, cheaper etc than the private sector…yet another example of why that is impossible.

gwelf on July 9, 2009 at 11:48 AM

Once again…those planes hit the wrong building.

mr1216 on July 9, 2009 at 11:18 AM

You know, I was thinking that that would make a great HA poll:

If you can discount the innocent collateral damage, (remember this is hypothetical), and on 911 an aircraft hit Congress, your opinion would be:

A: Horrible, how could anyone ask such a thing.

B. I’d be upset, but not as much as I think this over.

C. I couldn’t care less either way.

D. I’d strongly endorse such an event.

E. Do they need someone to draw them a bulls eye on the building.

Jeff from WI on July 9, 2009 at 11:27 AM

Put me down for D

mr1216 on July 9, 2009 at 11:50 AM

Hypothetically speaking, that is.

mr1216 on July 9, 2009 at 11:50 AM

run by the 10 most amazing computer guys known to man.

Sorry, I already have a good job and I wouldn’t work for this administration even if the paid me $18 million a year.

Wolftech on July 9, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Fox and Friends reported it this morning as “$18 million for a website to see where our stimulus money is going”. Yeah, I can see where it’s going.

PatMac on July 9, 2009 at 1:14 PM

yo Steny, I’ll do it for 5 million. 2 for you, 2 for me and I’ll hire some local starving web designers to build it for a cool million. ;-)

maineconservative on July 9, 2009 at 1:23 PM

14 million and one website saved or created!!!

BillaryMcBush on July 9, 2009 at 1:24 PM

14 Million could buy Oabama’s brats 7 more mansions!!

WHat are they thinking???

BillaryMcBush on July 9, 2009 at 1:26 PM

Wait, whats the real cost?

14 million now but whats the actual cost…aka cap and trade 175.00 yearly according to Obumble but 6500.00 according to analysist…this could be a ONE BILLION DOLLAR WEBSITE!!!!

BillaryMcBush on July 9, 2009 at 1:27 PM

Did Al Sharpton bid and win this project for one of his web buddies?

BillaryMcBush on July 9, 2009 at 1:28 PM

2 Words!!

ACORN PROGRAMMERS!!

BillaryMcBush on July 9, 2009 at 1:29 PM

LibTired wrote:

No blood for HTML

Best

post

ever

noblejones on July 9, 2009 at 2:00 PM

$18 million Recovery.gov contract goes to Hoyer contributors

WOW, CORRUPT DEMOCRATS, WHO’D THUNK???
If I’m getting this story correct, the RAT party can’t blame G.W. Bush and/or inheritance from the GOP for this corruption…right? But somehow will!

byteshredder on July 9, 2009 at 2:21 PM

I don’t want to, but I’m going to have to stop visiting this web site. My blood pressure just rang the bell for the 4th time today.

How absolutely ignorant are the liberals?

PappaMac on July 9, 2009 at 2:29 PM

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