I am writing in defense of my company, SRA International, at which I
am a Senior Principal. I’ve been at SRA since I got my Masters from
William and Mary in 1987 and will hit my 13th anniversary with SRA on
Your articles portray SRA in a very bad light, and it is completely undeserved. I know that, because I know my company well, and I know our executives well. They are human, and they make mistakes like everyone else, but if there is one thing they are, it is honest.
The founder of our company, Ernst Volgenau, is one of the most honest people I have ever had the pleasure to meet. His ethic pervades SRA, and our corporate motto is, and always has been, “Honesty and Service.” We are honest, and we feel that it is important for there to be a public service component to our work. We want to do beneficial and productive work for our customers, including the many government agencies with which we deal, not waste the taxpayers’ money.
SRA has been known to refund money to customers when we didn’t do the job right, to “eat” cost overruns on projects when we underestimated the true cost, and to fire anyone who doesn’t live up to the SRA ethic. We’re on Fortune Magazine’s list of the best companies in America to work for.
|James H. Jones|
Our ethic is one of the things that is most attractive about SRA, because dishonesty in any form or fashion is not tolerated at SRA. The attitude of Dr. Volgenau and the other senior officers of the company is shared by the people who work there as well. One thing that’s kept me at SRA all these years is the intelligence, ability and honesty of the people who work there.
The fact that former Clinton officials work at SRA is immaterial to the White House project. Neither Dottie nor John nor Mary Ellen has had anything to do with either bringing the business to SRA or managing it. Our job is to find the missing e-mails, and we’ll do that. Your article didn’t mention it, but indeed we proposed to do it faster than anyone else. We have assembled a crack team of SRA’s best to work on this interesting and critical project.
The very idea of Dottie, John, or Mary Ellen even attempting to influence our team is ludicrous, even in the unlikely event that they wanted to. The team would never stand for it, and would raise such a hue and cry that SRA’s rafters would shake.
Hiring senior government officials is a practice that everyone in our business engages in. Dottie, John, and Mary Ellen work for SRA, it is true, but have nothing to do with the White House project and work elsewhere in the company. I can assure you that that if any of them were to do anything unethical, or to seek to influence our White House work, they would be terminated immediately. Our team members and our executives would not tolerate it.
The White House took a fairly rapid route in terms of getting this work started (once word actually got out that there were an awful lot of e-mails unaccounted for). They avoided the delay of a compete-off, or a full competition, which would have pushed the results, and quite possibly the award itself, out beyond the November election.
You and the rest of the American public are lucky that the White House selected such a competent and ethical contractor for this very serious work.
James H. Jones is a Senior Principal at SRA International, Inc.
Editor’s note: WorldNetDaily gave SRA several opportunities to comment on the stories before they ran, beginning with the first story on April 4, but was told by SRA spokeswoman Laura Luke that the company could not talk about its White House e-mail contract.
See WND reporter Paul Sperry’s stories on SRA’s role in the White House e-mail crisis:
Don’t worry, we’ll find the e-mail. Promise.