An officer at the State Department awarded more than $52 million in contracts to a company owned by her husband and operated by her daughter, the Daily Caller reports:
Kathleen McGrade helped their company, Sterling Royale Group, win 43 federally funded contracts over the last few years.
McGrade acted as the Contracting Officer (CO) for awards to Sterling Royale Group. McGrade’s husband, Brian Collinsworth, serves as the company’s Vice President. McGrade’s daughter, J.L. (Jennifer) Herring, is its president and CEO.
When TheDC first reached Collinsworth for comment, he denied being married to McGrade. “She is the CO on our contracts, but we are not married in any way, shape or form. That’s kind of funny, but, okay,” Collinsworth said, adding that he and McGrade have no relationship “other than a professional one of a CO to a company.”...
But wedding photographs and other personal pictures Collinsworth posted on MySpace.com suggest otherwise. TheDC has seen Collinsworth’s MySpace profile, last updated in early 2007, which declares that he is “happily married to my beautiful wife of one year, Kathy.”
Read the whole report here.
UPDATE: The Daily Caller reports that McGrade has been fired by State Department officials.