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- Question #1: Where does a performance rating of just 69 out of 100 merit an award of over two and a half million dollars?
- Question #2: When does a tiny organization without even a qualified financial officer receive a federal grant that will nearly triple its operating budget?
- Question #3: According to the Obama administration, what one medical "service" trumps all others when caring for human trafficking victims?
Political appointees "rigged" grant process to weed out pro-life groups
HHS official overseeing grant worked for group awarded grant
Oklahoma Republican Rep. James Lankford wryly noted that the expert grant application reviewers had gone to extraordinary lengths to highlight the inadequacy of the application by USCRI, despite the fact that its former vice president and chief financial officer, Eskinder Negash, had recently taken on a position as director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement–the very office overseeing the grant. Although Negash had recused himself from the actual grant decision, the department’s supposed objectivity was called into question by the fact that his former organization won a sizeable award–nearly $2.6 million–despite its low score by reviewers and the tiny organization’s obvious lack of institutional capacity and financial management competence.