Corruption Update: Top VA Official Conspired With Her Married Boyfriend To Thwart Investigations

Top VA Official Conspired With Her Married Boyfriend To Thwart Investigations – Daily Caller

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A recent investigation has uncovered a shocking tale of corruption and adultery at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Susan Taylor, a longtime federal employee and Deputy Chief Procurement Officer at the Veterans Health Administration since 2010, not only used her position to award government contracts to a former business partner, and worked with said company to hide the thousands and thousands of dollars it was making off the government, but conspired with her married boyfriend – who also had close personal ties to the company – to thwart investigations into her misconduct.

The salacious story began in 1994, when Taylor met William Dobrzykowski at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he was her supervisor. By 2006 he’d reportedly asked her to marry him, and in 2007 they picked out a diamond. Together with the mounting, it cost nearly $12,000.

By then they’d both moved on to different jobs – she was the Director of Procurement at the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation; he was a contractor she’d abused her position to hire. During this entire period, the investigation notes, Dobrzykowski was married to and living with his actual wife.

In 2012, Taylor was apparently considering breaking the news to the poor woman, having drafted an email to her explaining the entire relationship, although it is unclear whether the email was ever sent.

But that’s not all! Within months of starting at the PBGC, Taylor had attempted to get Dobrzykowski a job there, acting as a personal reference for him when he applied to be its Chief Financial Officer. Undeterred when they hired someone else, Taylor got him a gig as a consultant in her department, during which time she was his supervisor. Dobrzykowski’s company, Paradigm Financial Solutions, was paid $80,000 for his “consulting,” and within two months the $12,000 ring was chosen and paid for.

Taylor repeatedly lied to coworkers and and other officials about their relationship, shrugging off accusations of a conflict of interest by asserting that they were only friends, even explaining that they couldn’t possibly be in a relationship, since Dobrzykowski was married. When asked what the rock on her hand was about, she’d pretend to be engaged to someone else.

A 2008 performance review, according to the investigation, stated that “her accomplishments were undermined by her poor judgment and lack of accountability… Ms. Taylor allowed a personal friend to be hired in her department as a contractor [Mr. Dobrzykowski]; resisted her supervisor’s requirement that the contract be terminated; made numerous attempts to find work for her friend in other departments; and attempted to go around her supervisor to the Director. The PRB concluded that these actions, as well as others, reflected poorly on Ms. Taylor’s individual performance objectives in leadership/supervision, resource management, and technical competence.”

This, of course, is all good enough for government work, since two years later she found herself in a top position at the VHA.

During her illustrious tenure at the PBGC, Taylor had worked with FedBid, a private company that offers reverse auction services, “in which the sellers compete to obtain business from the buyer and prices typically decrease as the sellers undercut one another.” According to the investigation, FedBid’s “Board of Directors, Key Advisors, and Consultants consist of a cadre of former key Federal and Military senior officials.”

Just six months after leaving the PBGC for the VHA, Taylor began her work bringing FedBid with her. While federal regulation prohibits employees from giving private companies preferential treatment for any reason, Taylor openly flouted these rules, reaching out to FedBid herself to get the ball rolling, and emailing other VHA officials about FedBid’s services, personally endorsing them and encouraging other federal employees to get in touch with FedBid’s vice-president. Then she personally invited FedBid to present at a VHA conference – as the investigation puts it, “Thus began a process of Ms. Taylor working extensively and exclusively with FedBid to implement reverse auctions within VHA.”

Taylor helped them prepare their presentations, “created a false sense of urgency to award a reverse auction contract,” failed to conduct market research that would have ensured fair and open competition, helped FedBid “misrepresent its services as being no cost or free to the government,” and, when another VA official finally banned use of FedBid’s reverse auction services, conspired with Dobrzykowski and FedBid employees to overturn the moratorium and “improperly acted to thwart the actions of a VA official responsible for oversight of procurement operations.”

“As you might know, Susan Taylor is in need of your [Fed]Bid’s immediate and direct help in providing information and a white paper requested by [then VA Deputy Secretary W. Scott] Gould,” Dobrzykowski wrote to Glenn Richardson, FedBid’s then president. “She is your champion and you all know that. She is overwhelmed and to a great extent her ability to respond to requests from congress and Gould etc. Is important to resolving the [FedBid] issues. Immediate and all hands on deck is the mantra to support Susan as she responds to requests for IMMEDIATE information, data and papers.”

“Email records reflected that FedBid executives considered Ms. Taylor to be a valuable source of inside information; they were committed to protecting her; and Ms. Taylor expressed concerns that her identity be protected,” the investigation explains.

“Susan called and is getting extremely nervous about some of the emails and other information she has sent to me and how it might be used against her,” Richardson wrote to other FedBid execs in March 2012. “Consequently she is very concerned about her and the VHA. As a result she has requested my continued assurance that we keep her covered – she has really ‘extended herself’ for us over this issue.”

Within a month they’d gotten the moratorium lifted.

Taylor jumped into action again the following year, when the VA Inspector General subpoenaed FedBid’s records as part of an official government review. Acting as an advocate for FedBid before the OIG, she tried to convince them that the subpoena requirements were too burdensome, and worked with FedBid execs to develop a plan to challenge the OIG’s authority to issue the subpoena.

Her other violations, including using VA resources for relationship counseling for her and Dobrzykowski, allowing FedBid execs to bribe federal employees with wine, and repeatedly lying to the inspectors who produced this investigation, are too numerous for a single article (the investigation report itself is 81 pages long).

Perhaps most shocking of all, however, is that the investigators “made a criminal referral of the conflict of interest and false statements to the U.S. Department of Justice, but they declined to criminally prosecute in favor of any appropriate administrative actions.”

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Amateur Hour At The White House (Video)

White House Fence-Jumper Made It Far Deeper Into Building Than Previously Known – Washington Post

The man who jumped the White House fence this month and sprinted through the front door made it much farther into the building than previously known, overpowering one Secret Service officer and running through much of the main floor, according to three people familiar with the incident.

An alarm box near the front entrance of the White House designed to alert guards to an intruder had been muted at what officers believed was a request of the usher’s office, said a Secret Service official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The officer posted inside the front door appeared to be delayed in learning that the intruder, Omar Gonzalez, was about to burst through. Officers are trained that, upon learning of an intruder on the grounds – often through the alarm boxes posted around the property – they must immediately lock the front door.

After barreling past the guard immediately inside the door, Gonzalez, who was carrying a knife, dashed past the stairway leading a half-flight up to the first family’s living quarters. He then ran into the 80-foot-long East Room, an ornate space often used for receptions or presidential addresses.

Gonzalez was tackled by a counterassault agent at the far southern end of the East Room. The intruder reached the doorway to the Green Room, a parlor overlooking the South Lawn with artwork and antique furniture, according to three people familiar with the incident.

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Secret Service officials had earlier said he was quickly detained at the main entry. Agency spokesman Edwin Donovan said the office is not commenting during the ongoing investigation of the incident.

Breaches of the White House fence have become more common, but most jumpers are tackled by Secret Service officers guarding the complex before they get even a third of the way across the lawn. Gonzalez is the first person known to have jumped the fence and made it inside the executive mansion.

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson has said the breach was “unacceptable” to her, and on Friday she briefed President Obama on her plans to shore up security.

Pierson is expected to face tough questions about the Gonzalez incident Tuesday at a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The hearing is likely to cover a number of security lapses by the agency, including new revelations published over the weekend by The Washington Post about the failure to identify and properly investigate a 2011 shooting attack on the White House.

The more detailed account of this month’s security breach comes from people who provided information about the incident to The Post and whistleblowers who contacted Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the oversight panel’s subcommittee on national security.

Chaffetz said he plans to ask Pierson how an alarm meant to alert officers to intruders could be silenced or turned down. The congressman said two people inside the agency told him that boxes were silenced because the White House usher staff, whose office is near the front door, complained that they were noisy. A Secret Service official told The Post that the usher’s office was concerned the boxes were frequently malfunctioning and unnecessarily sounding off.

The alarm boxes, which officers call “crash boxes,” are key pieces of the agency’s first-alert system, according to former agents and officials. If officers spot an intruder, they are trained to hit the large red button on the nearest box – sending an alert to every post on the complex about the location of an incursion and piping sound from that location to other boxes around the property.

“If true, the fact that crash boxes were muted to avoid being ‘disruptive’ is not due to a lack of resources or an insufficient number of checkpoints or barriers,” Chaffetz said.

He called the incident a “failure of leadership” by the Secret Service.

“The agency needs a solution that goes deeper than more fences and more people,” Chaffetz said. “It must examine what message is being sent to the men and women who protect the president when their leader sacrifices security to appease superficial concerns of White House ushers.”

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The new revelations follow accounts provided to The Post last week detailing how Gonzalez’s ability to enter the White House reflected a failure of multiple levels of security at the compound. The agency relies on these successive layers as a fail-safe for protecting the president and the White House complex.

In this incident, a plainclothes surveillance team was on duty that night outside the fence, meant to spot jumpers and give early warning before they made it over. But that team did not notice Gonzalez. There was an officer in a guard booth on the North Lawn. When that officer could not reach Gonzalez, there was supposed to be an attack dog, a specialized SWAT team and a guard at the front door – all at the ready.

The dog was not released, a decision now under review. Some people familiar with the incident say the handler probably felt he could not release the dog, because so many officers were in pursuit of Gonzalez and the dog may have attacked them instead.

Since the incident, the Secret Service has added an additional layer of temporary fencing while the agency reviews its procedures.

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Secret Service Fumbled Response After Gunman Hit White House Residence In 2011 – Washington Post

The gunman parked his black Honda directly south of the White House, in the dark of a November night, in a closed lane of Constitution Avenue. He pointed his semiautomatic rifle out of the passenger window, aimed directly at the home of the president of the United States, and pulled the trigger.

A bullet smashed a window on the second floor, just steps from the first family’s formal living room. Another lodged in a window frame, and more pinged off the roof, sending bits of wood and concrete to the ground. At least seven bullets struck the upstairs residence of the White House, flying some 700 yards across the South Lawn.

President Obama and his wife were out of town on that evening of Nov. 11, 2011, but their younger daughter, Sasha, and Michelle Obama’s mother, Marian Robinson, were inside, while older daughter Malia was expected back any moment from an outing with friends.

Secret Service officers initially rushed to respond. One, stationed directly under the second-floor terrace where the bullets struck, drew her .357 handgun and prepared to crack open an emergency gun box. Snipers on the roof, standing just 20 feet from where one bullet struck, scanned the South Lawn through their rifle scopes for signs of an attack. With little camera surveillance on the White House perimeter, it was up to the Secret Service officers on duty to figure out what was going on.

Then came an order that surprised some of the officers. “No shots have been fired… Stand down,” a supervisor called over his radio. He said the noise was the backfire from a nearby construction vehicle.

Click HERE for rest of story.

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*VIDEO* James O’Keefe’s Crew Catches Texas Leftists Covering Up Alleged Voter Registration Crimes


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Update on Shaneen Allen case

Well, it seems that enough pressure can even change the minds of lowlife DA’s

Shaneen Allen, guilty of being a gun totting single mother, is now finally receiving the justice that wife-beating Ray Rice received from the same prosecutor.

Because of all the outrage and phone calls and emails sent to the New Jersey legal apparatus the DA has finally been pressured into offering Shaneen Allen the pre trial intervention, sparing her from a trial that would have cost her thousands and held a penalty if she lost of 10 years in jail.

The Attorney General of New Jersey, seeing the spit storm mounting decided to swoop in and give everyone political cover offering “clarification” to county prosecutors with respect to out-of-state visitors from states where their gun possession would be legal.

AG John Hoffman:

“In most of these cases, imprisonment is neither necessary nor appropriate to serve the interests of justice and protect public safety.”

To which slime ball DA McClain stated:

“In applying the factors set out in the clarification, I determined that the defendant in this case should be offered the opportunity to be admitted into the Atlantic County PTI Program. I have communicated that determination to the court and defense counsel.”

Now the next step is for New Jersey to change its anti-liberty laws, and for the Congress to enact a national reciprocity law for CHL holders!

*VIDEO* Your Daley Gator Good-Guy-Kills-Bad-Guys Story O’ The Day


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Your Daley Dose of Self-Defense

Two teens picked the wrong house……….

A home invasion was thwarted when a man inside the house got his gun, chasing away the would-be invaders Thursday morning, Las Vegas police said.

Officers were called to a home invasion in the 1700 block of Breezewood Drive, near Vegas and North Torrey Pines drives, at 11:12 a.m., Metro Sgt. Steve Candelas said.

Two teenage boys entered a house that was open. They encountered a 73-year-old man who was inside the house with his cat and dog. One of the burglars fired one shot, missing the man, Candelas said.

The man went to get his gun and when the teens realized it, they ran from the home, firing rounds in the air, Candelas said. They fled in a silver or gray sedan.

Good guy with a gun………….

Muslim Employee At Oklahoma Food Plant Tried To Convert Co-Workers; Ends Up Beheading 54-Year-Old Woman (Videos)

Muslim Beheads Woman In Oklahoma Food Plant; Tried To Convert Coworkers – Gateway Pundit

OKLAHOMA MUSLIM BEHEADS 54 YEAR-OLD WOMAN -

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Muslim convert Alton Nolen beheads woman in Oklahoma, officials say.

He was a recent convert to Islam.

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Colleen Hufford, 54, was killed when she was beheaded in the attack. According to authorities, there was no relation between the suspect and the two victims.

KFOR reported:

Officials with the Moore Police Department say the FBI is now involved in the investigation related to a brutal attack of workers at a food distribution plant.

Sgt. Jeremy Lewis says the alleged suspect, 30-year-old Alton Nolen had just been fired when he drove to the front of the business, hit a vehicle and walked inside.

He walked into the front office area where he met 54-year-old Colleen Hufford and began attacking her with a knife.

Sgt. Lewis confirms the type of knife used in the attack is the same kind used at the plant.

Lewis confirms that Hufford was stabbed several times and that Nolen “severed her head.”

At that point, Lewis claims Nolen met 43-year-old Traci Johnson and began attacking her with the same knife.

Officials say at that point, Mark Vaughn, an Oklahoma County reserve deputy and a former CEO of the business, shot him as he was actively stabbing Johnson.

“He’s a hero in this situation,” Sgt. Lewis said, referring to Vaughn. “It could have gotten a lot worse.”…

…The FBI is now looking into Nolen’s background after his former co-workers said he tried to convert them to Islam after recently converting himself.

Nolen’s criminal history dates back to 2011, including possession of a controlled substance, escape from detention and assault and battery on a police officer. According to the Oklahoma State Courts Network and The Heavy, Nolen has arrested for marijuana possession in 2009, assault and battery on a police officer in 2010, a traffic violation in 2006, driving with a suspended license in 2009, and cocaine with intent to distribute in 2006.

OKC FOX reported:

Through interviews with Nolen’s co-workers at the business, the Moore PD learned that the suspect had recently attempted to convert co-workers to the Muslim faith. The Moore PD has contacted the FBI in an effort to look more into Nolen’s background.

UPDATE: Moore police released the 911 calls associated with the brutal murder.

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Muslim Convert Beheads Office Worker At OK Food Plant; Police Release 911 Calls – Gateway Pundit

The FBI is investigating the deadly workplace attack in Moore, Oklahoma.

One woman was beheaded.

Muslim convert Alton Nolen beheaded 54 year-old Colleen Hubbard in the front office after he was fired.

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Nolen had tried to convert his coworkers to Islam before his beheading rampage.

Moore Police released the 911 tapes associated with the food plant beheading.

KFOR reported:

The Moore Police Department released the 911 tapes associated with the attack.

911 Caller: “Shut the door, shut the door!”

Dispatcher: “Moore 911, where is your emergency?”

911 Caller: “Vaughan Foods, Moore, Oklahoma, 216 N.E. 12th St. We have..”

Dispatcher: “What’s going on there?”

911 Caller: “We have someone attacking someone in the building. I was just informed. I’m in the..”

Dispatcher: “Okay, where are they at?”

911 Caller: “Inside, are they in the office? They’re in the office, front office of the building. Yeah, we can hear a lot of screaming. We’re actually in a different office but someone just came in here yelling.”

Dispatcher: “315. Okay, do you know where they’re at in the building?”

911 Caller: “In the front of the building, there’s our main entrance.”

Dispatcher: “Okay, do you know where he is at in the plant?”

911 Caller: “We know that he’s loose. He has stabbed someone.”

Dispatcher: “Yeah, we’ve got medical en route for them.

911 Caller: “Okay.”

Dispatcher: “Is anybody with him or do you know?”

911 Caller: “Hold on, my (garbled.)

Dispatcher: “Respond on lacerations. Vaughan Foods, 216, go ahead sir, N.E. 12th.”

911 Caller: “I’m going to put you on speakerphone for one second, okay?”

Dispatcher: “Standby on a map. Page 1608, time out.”

911 Caller: “Okay, so we don’t know where the person went and he went through our front office, went through the shipping office and stabbed a woman in our customer service department.”

Dispatcher: “Okay, did he know her? Do you know, is that who he was arguing with? Is she an employee?”

911 Caller: “She is an employee, yeah.”

Dispatcher: “Okay, thank you.”

911 Caller: “Lock that door.”

Dispatcher: “Yeah, go ahead lock everybody in there if you can.”

911 Caller: “Yeah, we’re trying. Okay, can you hear this in the background?”

(yelling)

Dispatcher: “Is that him? He’s back?”

911 Caller: “Yeah, it sounds like he’s running around out here.”

(loud bangs)

911 Caller: “And that, that’s a gun shot.”

Dispatcher: “Got a gun shot. Units responding to Vaughan Foods, be advised we do now have gunshots. Okay, do you know where he’s at now?”

911 Caller: “He’s in the hallway, outside of the center of the building.”

Dispatcher: “Maybe in the hallway in the center of the building. And how many more shots have you heard?”

911 Caller: “We’ve heard three.”

Dispatcher: “Three shots?”

911 Caller: “Now I’m hearing somebody yelling in the hallway, stay down.”

Dispatcher: “There’s another subject yelling in the hallway. Units be advised that there’s another subject yelling in the hallway. Still same amount of injuries.”

911 Caller: “Stay down, stay down.”

Nolen was shot by armed off-duty Oklahoma County Deputy who was working as a security guard.

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Police: Moore Muslim Beheading Had Nothing To Do With Terrorism; Just Random Workplace Beheading – Gateway Pundit

Muslim Convert Alton Nolen Beheaded a Coworker at a food plant Thursday.

He had been trying to convert his coworkers to Islam.

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Alton Nolen stabbed his coworker and cut her head off in the customer service center.

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Police say the beheading had nothing to do with his Islamic faith.

KFOR reported:

The FBI is now looking into Nolen’s background after his former co-workers said he tried to convert them to Islam after recently converting himself.

Lewis says the FBI is working in conjunction with the Moore Police Department, especially when it comes to the religious aspect of the case.

At this time, it is not known if the suspect’s beliefs played a role in the attack.

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Police also say there is no link to terrorism. It was just a random workplace beheading.

ABC7 reported:

Moore police are working with the FBI to investigate Nolen’s background. Nolen had recently been trying to convert coworkers to Islam, according to Moore police. At this point, there is no apparent tie to terrorism.

It was just a random workplace beheading. Happens all the time.

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