Friday, October 25, 2013

Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate is executive at company that built Obamacare website

Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate is executive at company that built Obamacare website

By Patrick Howley
First Lady Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate is a top executive at the company that earned the no-bid contract to build the failed Obamacare website.
Toni Townes-Whitley, Princeton class of ’85, is senior vice president at CGI Federal, which earned the no-bid contract to build the $678 million Obamacare enrollment website at CGI Federal is the U.S. arm of a Canadian company.
Townes-Whitley and her Princeton classmate Michelle Obama are both members of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni.
Toni Townes ’85 is a onetime policy analyst with the General Accounting Office and previously served in the Peace Corps in Gabon, West Africa. Her decision to return to work, as an African-American woman, after six years of raising kids was applauded by a Princeton alumni publication in 1998
George Schindler, the president for U.S. and Canada of the Canadian-based CGI Group, CGI Federal’s parent company, became an Obama 2012 campaign donor after his company gained the Obamacare website contract.
On the government end, construction of the disastrous website was overseen by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a division of longtime failed website-builder Kathleen Sebelius’ Department of Health and Human Services.
CGI Federal did not immediately return a request for comment.

Update: The Daily Caller repeatedly contacted CGI Federal for comment. After publication of this article, the company responded that there would be “nothing coming out of CGI for the record or otherwise today.” The company did however insist that The Daily Caller include a reference to vice president Cheryl Campbell’s House testimony. This has been included as a courtesy to the company.

Toni Townes-Whitley, At-Large

Toni Townes-Whitley
Toni Townes-Whitley is Vice-President of Consulting Services at CGI located in Fairfax Virginia. CGI is among the largest independent information technology (IT) and business process services firms in the world. (a Canadian company*)  She has responsibility for CGI’s IT services, hosting and consulting business with Federal civilian clients. She joined CGI in 2010, after serving as Vice President for Global Public Sector System Integration and Consulting at Unisys Corporation. Toni also serves on CGI’s U.S.Cabinet which is responsible for driving the strategy and growth of the U.S. business.

Toni is a recognized leader in the IT market, formerly serving as President of Women in Technology (WIT) which promotes women’s advancement in all fields of technology. She is a former member of the Executive Council for The Women’s Center of Northern Virginia. A writer and presenter on topics of IT innovation and application, Toni has collaborated with and/or presented to such organizations as Council for Excellence in Government, the Minority Enterprise Executive Council, Industry Advisory Council, Princeton University, NYU, and numerous others.

Ms. Townes-Whitley is a graduate of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and has received Certifications from Wharton Executive Education, NYU, and the Performance Management Institute. Toni and her husband John Whitley have 5 children: Brina, John Raphael, Preston, Kimberly and Selena; 1 grandchild Leah; and a needy cocker spaniel, Lady. She resides in Fairfax Station Virginia, “across the creek” from her parents, long-time Fairfax County residents, Jim and Yvonne McCall.

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