A top Biden official has proven that she is just as corrupt as the man who appointed her. Anne Milgram, President Joe Biden’s Drug and Enforcement Agency chief for handing out no-bid contracts to her cronies. In many cases, the taxpayer-funded contracts were as worthless as a milk bucket under a bull. Her agency is supposed to be adhering to the contract bidding process, which she bypassed in order to give the work to friends and those who aided her mother.
Milgram was previously the Attorney General of New Jersey and formerly a law professor. I’m guessing she did not teach business ethics. The Inspector General is now investigating why she handed out no-bid contracts to her close friends. She is part of the Biden administration where the act of corruption is a resume enhancer rather than a detriment. She is being investigated for handing out millions of dollars in taxpayers’ money allegedly given out for “strategic planning and communication” and other contracts to her friends.
Scott Amey, general counsel of the nonpartisan Project on Government Oversight, told the AP:
“Some of these deals look very swampy.”
Also included in the report is a $1.4 million payment made to the firm WilmerHale. That contract called for an outside review of DEA foreign operations and how to prevent misconduct and reduce scandals. Ironically the contract they received should have been part of their report on scandals but wasn’t. Boyd Johnson was one of the leaders of the widely criticized report. Johnson was the right-hand man for U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. Bharara is close friends with Milgram.
One of the other authors of the study was 87-year-old DEA veteran John Lawn, whose knowledge of foreign practices related mostly to the 1980s. Post-government employment, Lawn was in charge of a beverage industry group that funded an alcohol research study led by Milgram’s mother.
Adding to the swampiness is the fact that the typical government-bidding process was discarded. The DEA argued that the “threat of illicit foreign drugs to the health and safety of the American public has never been greater” and required “urgency ” to complete the review.
Instead, the review took nearly a year and a half to complete when it was supposed to take six months at most.
One former DEA official, Matthew Donahue, described that review as “a complete waste of taxpayers’ money.” Donahue had led the DEA’s foreign operations unit but retired after he allegedly “butted heads” with Milgram, according to the AP.
“It’s something that could’ve been written in three days,” Donahue said of the finished product from WilmerHale. He also added that he and other key DEA officials and used publicly available information from press reports.
At least one lawmaker is now attempting to hold Milgram and the DEA accountable. According to the AP, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) sent Johnson a request for records and information regarding his relationship with the DEA chief.
“Though DEA originally billed this report as a ‘comprehensive review’ of DEA’s foreign operations strategy, the report glosses over or ignores serious shortcomings at the agency and spends much of its 49 pages quoting from publicly available documents that one could have pulled off a web site,” Grassley said.