Thursday, August 11, 2011

Special Services: Fran Townsend's Omissions

Frances Townsend is known for her omissions, the most glaring involved no mention of Memorial Medical Center's 35 patient deaths in Hurricane Katrina.  Fran left out the highest hospital death toll in her Katina Lessons Learned report.  Her latest faux pas comes from a SIGA Technologies board bio:

Frances Fragos Townsend has served as a director of SIGA since March 2011. Ms. Townsend is Senior Vice President of Worldwide Government, Legal and Business Affairs at MacAndrews Holdings and has held this position since October 2010. Ms Townsend previously served as Homeland Security Advisor to President George W. Bush from May 2005 until January 2008....  Ms. Townsend also currently is an on-air contributor for CNN as a counterterrorism, national and homeland security expert. She serves as director of DRS Technologies and Thomson Reuters in addition to numerous government advisory and nonprofit boards. Ms. Townsend is the chairperson of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission. Her extensive experience in government, combined with her legal acumen, is ideally suited for our business.
A look at the Thomson Reuters board showed no sign of Fran.  Further digging found her on the board of Thomson Reuters Special Services.  Special Services has a federal contract through August 26, 2015.  Will Fran's White House e-mails regarding Katrina become public before then? 

Her Thomson Reuters Special Services board bio offered new information:

Townsend is a Director and chairs the compensation committees of 2 private company Boards
One might expect a firm specializing in data to identify the two companies.  Then again, I expected the Bush White House to come clean on their Katrina debacles.  Fran supplied a whitewash.  For some reason, few people care