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ICF International Inc. of Fairfax, Va., was tasked more than a year ago with managing the Road Home program to distribute money to people in Louisiana who lost their homes.

The company has come under fire for allegedly moving slowly. Today's Washington Post has an interesting story outlining the problems and ICF's response. The story also outlines ICF's revenue growth since winning the contract.

The Post has been hit or miss in how it covers government contracting. (Full disclosure: Washington Technology was owned by the Washington Post Co. until the end of 2006.) This story is mostly a hit, largely because of the amount of time the article gives to ICF executives, such as Chief Executive Officer Sudhakar Kesavan, Chief Operating Officer John Wasson and Douglas Beck, a senior vice president.

There used to be an old joke that if Mike Wallace and 60 Minutes are knocking on your front door, don't open it.

I disagree. Companies with integrity, swing the door open.

Posted by Nick Wakeman on Aug 21, 2007 at 7:22 PM


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Tue, Sep 4, 2007 Nick Wakeman VA

Thanks for the comment. Feel free to pass along any tips.Nick

Fri, Aug 31, 2007 Ernest Lewis FL

Most ASTUTE observations, Mr. Wakeman.During a meeting less than a year ago, a former Service Secretary commented to me that, "...the federal acquisition process today may be a bigger threat to national security than al Queida."Keep the spotlight on this issue.

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