UAC News: Congressman Says Biden Transition Team Member Landed Massive Government Contract

There is money in managing the great replacement!

See the history of Endeavors, formerly Family Endeavors and before that San Antonio Family Endeavors which was focused on taking care of veterans. That is, until the paying migrants came along! https://endeavors.org/history/

Earlier this month news broke that a little-known nonprofit, Endeavers, was awarded one for the largest contracts ever to help house and manage the Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) flooding the US border.

By the way, the Biden feds have dropped the word ‘Alien.’

The story interests me since I have spent a lot of time over the years pointing out the millions of taxpayer dollars flowing to nonprofit refugee resettlement contractors (with inside tracks into government pots of money) for the initial care of the new Americans the Democrats are moving to Anytown, USA.

And, of further interest to me is the fact that the main player in this story touts on his resume his time with Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) (one of nine federal refugee contractors I have been writing about for nearly 14 years).

Here is the gist of the story at Axios:

Exclusive: Texas nonprofit got massive border contract after hiring Biden official

A Texas nonprofit that recently hired a Biden transition official got a contract worth as much as $530 million to help manage the influx of migrant children at the southern border, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: The contract is by far the largest ever awarded to Family Endeavors. It’s potentially worth more than 12 times the group’s most recently reported annual budget — a sign of the demand the new work will place on its operations.

~The no-bid contract also is the second largest ever awarded by the agency overseeing the migrant child program.

~The award comes as the Biden administration rushes to deal with an influx of migrants at the border, including more than 21,000 unaccompanied minors currently in government custody, according to the latest data.

Between the lines: Family Endeavors won the contract just months after it hired Andrew Lorenzen-Strait as its senior director for migrant services and federal affairs.

Therein lies the rub.

Andrew Lorenzen-Strait landed his job at Endeavors (formerly Family Endeavors) in January straight off the Biden transition team following a stint with one regional Lutheran refugee contractor, and a little over six months at LIRS, the national organization.

He had spent years in the federal government, at ICE in fact, before hitting on this likely lucrative gig.

A GOP Congressman wants answers.

From Fox News:

GOP lawmaker wants answers on massive border contract that went to nonprofit with ties to ex-Biden adviser

Republican Rep. Jim Banks is demanding answers from the head of the Administration for Children and Families after revelations that a nearly $530 million contract was awarded to a Texas nonprofit to help manage the influx of migrant children at the U.S. southern border — after the organization hired a former Biden transition official.

Andrew Lorenzen-Strait Senior Director for Migrant Services & Federal Affairs at Endeavors.

Axios first reported the contract, which is the largest ever awarded to the nonprofit, Family Endeavors, from the Department of Health and Human Services. The nonprofit also received a grant from the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement worth $87 million.

Family Endeavors, according to the report, recently hired former Biden transition official Andrew Lorenzen-Strait to serve as senior director for Migrant Services and Federal Affairs. While working on the Biden transition team, Lorenzen-Strait reportedly vetted political appointees for HHS and worked on the DHS policy team.

Banks, R-Ind., in a letter obtained by Fox News directed to the acting assistant secretary of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within HHS, JooYuen Chang, questioned the timing of the grants and whether they were related to Lorenzen-Strait’s work.

JooYuen Chang https://www.acf.hhs.gov/about/bio/jooyeun-chang

“The two unprecedented and massive grants Family Endeavors received were approved by HHS and DHS—the two agencies Lorenzen-Strait oversaw while a member of the Biden transition team,” Banks wrote. “And both grants were no-bid contracts, meaning they were awarded directly to Family Endeavors bypassing the normal competitive process.”

Banks went on to call the grant “especially concerning” due to Lorenzen-Strait’s responsibilities on the transition team, and said it was “probable” that he “played some role” in Chang’s appointment.

Banks went on to accuse Chang of having “played some role in awarding Lorenzen-Strait’s firm about a half a billion dollars.”

“Some may view this as a conflict of interest,” Banks wrote.

More here. 

Visit USA Spending for the skinny on grants and contracts….

Just to give you an idea of the magnitude of this windfall for Endeavors, here is a screenshot from USA Spending of Endeavors previous federal funding and its huge payout (so far!) this year in the wake of Lorenzen-Straits arrival.

It almost makes you wonder if when Lorenzen-Strait came on board at Endeavors on January 25th, only a few days after the inauguration, that someone knew then that the rush on the border was about to be unleashed.

When I saw these mind-blowing numbers I had a good chuckle wondering why Lorenzen-Strait didn’t bring some of this payola to his pals at LIRS because LIRS is in the same business—getting the Unaccompanied Alien Children (aka New Americans) set up in America.

In 2018, Endeavors paid a top salary of around $300,000 in a year they raked in just over $40 million from American taxpayers. So, I can’t wait to see the salaries for this year with an anticipated half a billion coming in!  Just saying!

Sure beats working for the likes of ICE.  As I have said on many previous occasions: tell your kids to grow up to be execs at nonprofits funded by us—the taxpayers.

 

They only got on the federal gravy train four years ago with their little nearly $11 million dollar award. They surely haven’t had time to demonstrate any great track record of managing the mostly teenaged border invading ‘children.’
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4 thoughts on “UAC News: Congressman Says Biden Transition Team Member Landed Massive Government Contract

  1. Whenever I see outlandish amounts of money going to people who have no real track record….I smell fraud, kickbacks, or blackmail….I smell blackmail in this deal….could be Biden….could be Harris….both have have a sordid history.

  2. We are now forced to endure the very worst and most corrupted time in OUR nation’s history I’m afraid..

    I have lived in Minnesota for almost 50 years – and live here still – at least for a few months longer – and I can tell you that it way past over here..

    I can no longer live like this..

    1. Yup! Time to leave. Others have. There are still a few sane places to live and maybe you can warn those wherever you go about what happened to Minnesota.

  3. Ann:
    It is pathetic that this amount of money is taken from citizens to cover the costs of illegals all purposely done by the Biden administration.
    One of the worst day in American history will be the corrupt election of Biden.
    We are going to be spent into 3rd world status for reasons that have nothing to do with bettering the country.

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