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Thursday, April 02, 2020

President Trump has repeatedly assured Americans that the federal government is holding 10,000 ventilators in reserve ... But what federal officials have neglected to mention is that an additional 2,109 lifesaving devices are unavailable after the contract to maintain the government's stockpile lapsed late last summer, and a contracting dispute meant that a new firm did not begin its work until late January.

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Ventilators are sensitive machinery that Mr. Trump described on Sunday as so complex they were like "building a car." But, experts say, like a car, they cannot be stored for lengthy periods without maintenance.

In fact, the contract with a company that was maintaining the machines expired at the end of last summer, and a contract protest delayed handing the job to Agiliti, a Minneapolis-based provider of medical equipment services and maintenance. Agiliti was not given the $38 million task until late January, when the scope of the global coronavirus crisis was first becoming clear.

It is not known whether problems with the ventilators predated the contract lapse, but maintenance of the machines did halt. That delay may become a potentially deadly lapse.

"We were given a stop-work order before we'd even started," said Tom Leonard, the chief executive of Agiliti, which had won the contract to service the ventilators in the stockpile. "Between the time of the original and the time of this contract award, I don't know who was responsible or if anybody was responsible for those devices. But it was not us."

The abject undeniable negligence and incompetence of this Trump Administration might never be fully accounted for, but this swamp of maladministration will indeed cost sick Americans their lives as this virus ramps up its inevitable casualty count.

$38 million is about 1/10 of what Trump has charged the Treasury to go golfing at his properties, yet they couldn't even make sure an expenditure directly tied to the protection of American citizens wasn't prioritized to the extent it should have been?

Donald has already told us "No, I don't take responsibility." Too bad voters were paying attention before handing him the keys to this nation's health crisis security, something in which he's been woefully derelict.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-04-01 07:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Too bad voters weren't paying attention....

#2 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-04-01 07:47 PM | Reply

"I like the ones who don't need ventilators."

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-04-01 07:52 PM | Reply

jesus.

#4 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-04-01 10:06 PM | Reply

Love a good Trump pile on but having worked with government on contracts this is pretty normal and not likely a decision Trump had anything to do with this screw up most likely happened several layers down by a career bureaucrat.

Now should it turn out that Trump or an incompetent appointee shoved their fingers in there then by all means, but until I hear more than "contract dispute" I'm going to assume bureaucratic shenanigans.

#5 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2020-04-01 10:25 PM | Reply

Now you can see how he bankrupted casinos.

#6 | Posted by bored at 2020-04-02 12:28 AM | Reply

"President Trump has repeatedly assured Americans that the federal government is holding 10,000 ventilators in reserve"

Are these always gonne be "in reserve" or will they ever actually get used to save lives?

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-04-02 12:56 PM | Reply

"Are these always gonne be "in reserve" or will they ever actually get used to save lives?"

They are reserved for red states.

#8 | Posted by danni at 2020-04-02 01:18 PM | Reply

"President Trump has repeatedly assured Americans that the federal government is holding 10,000 ventilators in reserve"

Are these always gonne be "in reserve" or will they ever actually get used to save lives?

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-04-02 12:56 PM | Reply Good Question

The answer is he's holding off sending them to Russia until the heat dies down.

#9 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2020-04-02 01:57 PM | Reply

The art of the deal indeed.

#10 | Posted by contrecoup at 2020-04-02 02:08 PM | Reply

this screw up most likely happened several layers down by a career bureaucrat.

Even if that could be proven, having worked in the federal government there are political appointees many levels down the chain who set the tone and let it be known how agency employees are to conduct business. In light of the fact that contract disputes are very much on-brand for Trump, i'd err on the side of laying this at his feet until proven otherwise.

#11 | Posted by JOE at 2020-04-02 02:22 PM | Reply

Vyaire was responsible for maintaining some of the ventilators in the federal stockpile until that contract ran out in late August. The company protested when a broader contract to keep the stockpile up-to-date was granted to Agiliti instead. The dispute was not resolved until January, when Agiliti again prevailed.

bottom of the article, should have been the first paragraph

the Feds were working on a Broader Contract to cover all of the Ventilators, but Vyaire was responsible for the hold up

#12 | Posted by Maverick at 2020-04-02 02:23 PM | Reply

bottom of the article, should have been the first paragraph

It was mentioned in the thread introduction's second sentence. Sorry you don't read very well.

...a contracting dispute meant that a new firm did not begin its work until late January.
Thanks Capt. Oblivious.

#13 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-04-02 03:14 PM | Reply

FYI:

To every eligible voter that ever said "what's the difference?" This is the difference.

#14 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-04-02 04:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

To every eligible voter that ever said "what's the difference?" This is the difference.

At this point, what difference does it make?
Signed,
Deplorables

#15 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-04-02 04:39 PM | Reply

Love a good Trump pile on but having worked with government on contracts this is pretty normal and not likely a decision Trump had anything to do with this screw up most likely happened several layers down by a career bureaucrat.
Now should it turn out that Trump or an incompetent appointee shoved their fingers in there then by all means, but until I hear more than "contract dispute" I'm going to assume bureaucratic shenanigans.

#5 | POSTED BY TAOWARRIOR

I handle a lot of government contracts with work.

For low level contracts, yes.

For larger contracts, you meet with someone in charge and they send it up the chain for approval.

If its important to the people on the ground, noise gets made if things go bad and there is a delay.

If its not critically important to them doing their job, i.e ventilators sitting on shelves, they don't make a lot of noise if the political appointees never get around to approving the contract.

This is the issue with political appointees without experience. They don't know what is important and don't know how to do their jobs.

And the Trump administration is FULL of them.

#16 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-04-03 03:59 PM | Reply

Vyaire was responsible for maintaining some of the ventilators in the federal stockpile until that contract ran out in late August. The company protested when a broader contract to keep the stockpile up-to-date was granted to Agiliti instead. The dispute was not resolved until January, when Agiliti again prevailed.
bottom of the article, should have been the first paragraph
the Feds were working on a Broader Contract to cover all of the Ventilators, but Vyaire was responsible for the hold up

#12 | POSTED BY MAVERICK

So Vyaire is responsible because a political appointee didn't use a stop gap contract to cover the work until the dispute was concluded?

Maybe its just me and the sane people, but if I have live saving equipment that's not getting serviced by a new vendor because of a contract dispute with the old vendor, I would likely have the old vendor still repair the equipment until the contract dispute is finished. ...Because you know, I actually might need them to save lives...

I also wouldn't be shipping out the damn broken ventilators to states without warning them of the issue!

But hey, when you administration is run by people with no experience and even a couple kids still in college, what should we expect?

#17 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-04-03 04:12 PM | Reply

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