Skip to comments.2 arrested in FBI raid at Obama appointee's office
Posted on 03/12/2009 8:58:08 AM PDT by FoxInSocks
WASHINGTON - Two officials in the D.C.'s Office of the Chief Technology Officer have been arrested in a federal bribery sting, sources tell WTOP.
D.C. Office of the Chief Technology Officer employees Sushil Bansal and 40-year-old Yusuf Acar have been arrested, sources tell WTOP.
Acar was taken into custody Thursday morning by FBI agents at his home in Northwest D.C.
The FBI is now serving a search warrant at the office of D.C.'s Chief Technology Officer, WTOP has learned.
"We are there as part of a continuing ongoing criminal investigation," FBI Washington Field Office spokesperson Katherine Schweit tells WTOP.
Schweit would not comment on the details of the investigation.
More than a dozen FBI agents - including evidence technicians - at the office, located at 1 Judiciary Square on 4th Street in Northwest, WTOP's Mark Segraves reports.
Most of the employees have been told to go home. Other employees have been segregated into a waiting room.
Segraves reports the FBI's search has expanded from 9th floor offices to 10th floor offices.
A spokesman for D.C.'s U.S. Attorney tells WTOP he cannot discuss the investigation, as it is currently sealed.
On March 5, President Barack Obama named D.C. Chief Technology Officer Vivek Kundra as the federal government's chief information officer.
Kundra's last day was March 4.
Kundra, who was in charge of technology in the District since 2007, has been a consultant to Obama since he won the election.
Next on the list 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue???
What was it Hillary Clinton always used to say? “I don’t know anything about that.”
It seems, however, that Obama’s “scientists” are crooks!
Meanwhile Øbama is out to lunch, having some wagyu beef no doubt.
I don’t recall.....
Chief Technology Officer have been arrested in a federal bribery sting,Yep sounds like the obama team.
Well well, wouldn’t that be nice if Obama’s stinking paw prints are found all over this?
Impeached after 3 months in office... Sounds nice!
Yep,, change alright...
Anyone with a brain saw this coming.
Oh no! This is gonna stress Obama out so bad, he’ll need to take three weeks off and piss off the Canadian Chief of State.
This is confusing because it’s poorly written. Kundra WAS chief technology officer until March 4; now he’s chief information officer as of March 5? Thus, he’s no longer associated with the office that was raided? If so, the raid wasn’t “at Obama appointee’s office” but at his former office. Am I right, or am I missing something?
Gotta follow the money on this one. It may bring in a much bigger prize.
The most transparent administration in history huh? Tax cheats, officials engaged in bribery scandals.
Oh well, America has gotten what she voted for, THE CHICAGO WAY!
I seriously doubt it. The Chief Sock Puppet doesn't even get to pick out his suit in the morning let alone make adult decisions.
Only problem is:
He’s been out to lunch for some 52 days.
Change we can believe in.
He was DC’s chief technology officer, before Obama appointed him to be federal chief technology officer. Two different offices and posts.
Fed CIO Kundra
That’s the way I finally read it. And that means the title is wrong. The raid was at his former office; not his current office...
Goes to show you how well team Obama vents his appointments. Probably the tip of the iceberg.
This guys been on the job only 7 days! Probably will get a full pension anyway.
So, uh... what kinda names are those?
Mr. Kundra knows nothing.
Hope and Change for an H1B? Should an Indian national be a cabinet level CIO?
Sorry all for the crappy set up of my post. I typed too fast ..
“the Illinois Senator promised that if elected, he would create the first-ever Cabinet-level post of chief technology officer. “
Yeah...meantime...we’ve got a drug war coming across our border and O demotes from his cabinet his appointed Drug Czar. Says his appointee will focus on addiction and prevention rather than enforcement and prosecution. Genius.
Agreed. It's very badly written. The following items shed only slightly more light on the story:
FBI Raid, Lockdown at OCTO, One Judiciary Square
FBI agents are searching the One Judiciary Square offices of the D.C. Office of the Chief Technology Officer this morning. The FBI is being tight lipped about what they are searching for, telling Politico only that the search is part of "an ongoing investigation." WTOP's Mark Segraves has been Twittering from the scene, adding that agents have since moved from the 9th floor OCTO offices to the 10th floor of One Judiciary Square, which houses the Office of the Attorney General. Some employees in the building have been sent home, according to Segraves.
The Washington Post is reporting that an arrest has been made: Yusuf Acar, 40, an information systems security officer for the OCTO, was reportedly taken into custody at his D.C. home this morning by federal agents. Acar had worked for Vivek Kundra, D.C.'s former chief technology officer who was recently named President Obama's federal chief information officer.
FBI raids office of D.C. CTO, Obama appointee
Federal agents this morning are searching the Judiciary Square office of Washington, D.C.'s Chief Technology Officer.
The search is part of "an ongoing investigation," said a spokeswoman for the FBI's D.C. Field Office, Lindsay Gotwin, said. She declined to comment further.
The outgoing Chief Technology Officer, Vivek Kundra, was appointed last week Chief Information Officer by the Obama administration.
"We know the FBI is over there but that's all we know," said a staffer in the D.C. CTO's office, Mario Field, who was working from a separate location. Another source familiar with the raid said the FBI had sent all staffers other than senior executives home for the day.
A White House spokesman had no immediate comment.
A spokeswoman for Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, Leslie Kershaw, said "Our office has been alerted of FBI's being at CTO office, but we cannot comment until it's over and we get more details."
I think she always said “I can’t recall...”
The list ping
Should a FReeper recon that Swahili is and Indian language?
So, what is the underlying charge?
Were they bribed to award contracts, or bribed to provide false data on something?
I made a similar point on this thread:
Very shoddy reporting.
Honestly, can anyone be sure at this point that ANY of 0's appointees isn't/won't be under some kind of cloud?
every day, every way
Kundra Named Federal Chief Information Officer
At the beginning of February, D.C.'s Chief Technology Officer, Vivek Kundra, was reportedly the choice of the Obama administration as the new Office of Management and Budget administrator for e-government and information technology. But this morning he's been bumped up, with an announcement from President Obama that Kundra will become the nation's first Federal Chief Information Officer.
"Vivek Kundra will bring a depth of experience in the technology arena and a commitment to lowering the cost of government operations to this position," Obama said in a statement. "I have directed him to work to ensure that we are using the spirit of American innovation and the power of technology to improve performance and lower the cost of government operations. As Chief Information Officer, he will play a key role in making sure our government is running in the most secure, open, and efficient way possible."
Kundra was previously rumored to be on the shortlist for Federal Chief Technology Officer. The Post is quoting sources saying that Obama plans to appoint a chief technology officer who will work closely with Kundra. Both newly created positions will operate out of the White House.
Nope. One simply has to read his profile.
I’ll take the zero. Thanks for adding the information.
I’m following the WTOP reporter on Twitter.
1 CTO employee arrested. 1 private contractor. He got $350k worth of contracts last year.
Sushil Bansal says the gadgets help him in juggling his work and family time
Sushil Bansal, a father of two, runs a company in Washington, DC. Thanks to technology, he can take care of much of his business while spending time with his daughters Antara and Saranga.
Why stop there?
The news reports don't say. This story appears to still be breaking, so there aren't a lot of details available yet.
So, uh... what kinda names are those?
Kenyan? From Chicago?
Nope, no pattern here folks, move along....
Honestly, Obama's administration is even more blatantly corrupt than Bill Clinton's.
Acar is an information security officer who was also, according to online requests for proposals, responsible for contracting. Bansal is listed on the city’s procurement website as the CEO of the Advanced Integrated Technologies Corporation, which was awarded two technology contracts last year worth a total of $350,000.
“We know the FBI is over there but that’s all we know,” said a staffer in the D.C. CTO’s office, Mario Field, who was working from a separate location. Another source familiar with the raid said the FBI had sent all staffers other than senior executives home for the day. WTOP reported that agents are searching the 9th and 10th floors of the building.
A White House spokesman had no immediate comment.