Monday, August 22, 2011

Board Member Tom Davis (Retired R-VA): Lax or Vigilant

Retired Representative Tom Davis (R-VA) is an executive conundrum.  Chris Ward's embezzlement scheme began with Davis as Chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).  The investigation placed no blame on a somnambulist NRCC Executive Committee, effectively the board of dirctors.  The NRCC allowed Treasurer Ward to wire money with only his signature.  Ward's pilfering began under Davis' watch.

Davis retired from the U.S. Congress after 14 years of service, landing the Director of Federal Government Affairs position at Deloitte & Touche LLP.  Oddly, a Chris Ward worked as chief executive of Deloitte's corporate finance operations in the Middle East.  That Chris Ward had no work history prior to September 2008 in his LinkedIn profile.

Davis currently sits on three boards, Agilex Technologies, The Partnership for Public Service,  and InfoZen.

Agilex Technologies, established in 2007, is a government information services contractor.  Their bio on Davis is the only one to acknowledge his NRCC role:

Congressmen Davis’ vigilant oversight of federal contracting saved millions of taxpayer dollars. He also served as the chairman for the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Davis' oversight didn't extend to the NRCC, given the five year embezzling scandal started under his Chairmanship.

Oddly, Tom Davis' Deloitte job has him advising clients "on major trends, opportunities and challenges facing the federal government, with a specific focus on technology innovation and government transformation."  Transformation is the job of Davis' second board seat. 

The Partnership for Public Service "works to revitalize our federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works."  
Their bio on Davis shared two other roles, President and CEO of Republican Main Street Partnership and adjunct professor at George Mason University.  He's inspiring a new generation of hyper-competitive politics.

Davis' third board seat is with InfoZen, another government contractor in the information space.  InfoZen brags of two Deloitte rankings on their website.  His InfoZen bio highlights his time as a member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

How do the themes of information and transformation apply to the untold Chris Ward-Tom Davis story?  Is the Deloitte UAE Chris Ward the same man who robbed Republican coffers?  If so, what information did Ward have that encouraged power players to treat him gingerly?

Embezzler Ward was sentenced in early 2011.  Where is he incarcerated?  Does Tom Davis visit?  When will Chris Ward's criminal story be told?  Will his version call Davis lax or vigilant?

Update 8-23-11:  Another embezzler was sentenced to prison for not reporting her ill begotten gains to the IRS, tax fraud.  Will Chris Ward get similar tax treatment?