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Lawsuit Alleges “Corruption and Negligence” at Department of Energy

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A lawsuit filed in federal court on Wednesday alleges mass favoritism in the Department of Energy’s decisions to award federal grants to major car companies to develop electric vehicles, according to a legal complaint obtained by Scribe.

The plaintiff, San Francisco-based XP Technology, says in a complaint filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims that “corruption and negligence” pervaded DOE’s decision to award loan guarantees to Ford, Nissan, Tesla Motors, and Fisker Automotive for the development of electric vehicle technology.

“Investigations have shown that DOE officials intentionally stalled numerous applicants’ reviews in order to force them out of business and protect favored players,” the complaint claims. It adds:

XP has received information demonstrating that the unprecedented number of failures in the DOE program relative to what DOE officials have claimed to be “the most expensive and extensive due diligence in history” is explained by manipulated reviews, in the due diligence effort, on behalf of what the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigations found to be “favoritism” in published investigation reports. A senate ethics investigation states, in published reports, that “negligence and mismanagement by DOE officials” was a regular occurrence.

XP, which applied for federal backing under the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing program, “is seeking to have applicants who were “targeted” receive fair re-reviews, in a transparent manner, if they so desire.”

In addition to an unfair selection process, XP alleges that DOE retaliated against the company for reporting evidence of negligence and corruption incorporated into the various investigations into the ATVM program.

 

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  1. David K

    November 17th, 2012

    Pfffft! There is no problem at the EPA or the DOE! The Democrats have it all under control, if something goes bad or wrong, it has to do with those omnipotent Republicans! You ask me, how can the Republicans be omnipotent, well…..if anything goes wrong it is their fault! We all know this to be true, if the Democrats pass any bills, it must have been the evil Republicans that forced them to write it………anyway, have you shorted the market lately?

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  2. Buffalobob

    November 17th, 2012

    It’s not illegal until you get caught, even then you have to be convicted and then found guilty, however there is no guarantee that they will pay a penalty or do jail time. Hell like Jessie Jr you might get a golden retirement package paid for by the taxpayers.

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  3. FreeMan & Sarah Intend to Defend

    November 17th, 2012

    One drop in the barrel. This is how DC work on everything.

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  4. Morgan Michaels

    November 17th, 2012

    Duh.

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  5. Mz McHorsey

    November 20th, 2012

    BUSINESS AS USUAL in the Land of Barry…Corrupted to the very core, and dying….

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