Wait, Wasn’t Bob McDonnell Just Rewarding These Guys?


    I could have sworn that just a few months ago, Bob McDonnell was heaping praise – not to mention taxpayer dollars by the boatload – on Northrop Grumman for moving around 300 jobs to Virginia. Of course, a few months later, it turned out that Northrop Grumman could taketh away (laying off 330 people at Fort Eustis) just as they could giveth (supposedly 300 jobs coming our way, at a cost of $12-$14 million to Virginia taxpayers).  And now, it gets even worse.

    Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) called for an independent, third-party investigation into the massive computer failure that has left several state agencies crippled for five days.

    “I am not pleased that our employees and citizens have experienced this disruption in service,” McDonnell said in his first comments since the computer failure Wednesday…

    McDonnell announced in April that the state had reworked its massive $2.4 billion computer services contract with Northrop Grumman, extending the 10-year contract by three years and agreeing to pay the company over $100 million more than originally envisioned. State officials say the company’s financial penalties are likely to exceed $100,000.

    Ah, crony capitalism – aka, “corporate welfare” – run amok. Heckuva job, Bob McDonnell!

    • fuzed

      “The estimated new costs incurred for the additional hardware and services received by the Commonwealth are $105 million to be paid over the next nine years. A proposal put forward by the prior Administration to address the same issues would have had the Commonwealth pay $196 million over the next six years.”


      Outsourced data centers: you have to be as smart as your (enemy, leach, tick) supplier.   They’ll charge your $1000 for hooking up a cable, and anything you ask for has to be a documented service with agreed upon prices, or they’ll sock you for 1000 times more.

    • Elaine in Roanoke

      The whole Northrup Grumman computer boondoggle is a bipartisan mess. Ever since Northrup bought the Newport News shipyard in 2001, they have had a free pass to get whatever they want. The idea of outsourcing and consolidating state computer functions wasn’t a bad idea, but whoever wrote the complex contract for the thing evidently took great care to protect the corporation and little else.

      By the way, sometime in September, I’m sure the DMV will be up and running again. 🙂

    • The Richmonder

      The terrible story behind the story that no one is talking about: