Vanity UnFair

  • Crazy Gossip out there

    SAIC responds:
  • 10 Feb 2007

    The March issue of Vanity Fair magazine contains an article that grossly misrepresents SAIC through the use of innuendo and blatant falsehood. The article pieces together isolated allegations and lawsuits - - many of which are decades old.

  • In their search for the negative, the authors of the article contacted anyone who might have something negative to say about SAIC and went on to quote terminated employees, litigants and contingent fee lawyers as if their word was the final authority. No attempt was made to place these matters into context or to achieve a balanced perspective. Further, the article ignores substantial publicly available information supportive of the company.

    The article preposterously suggests (i.e., "some might argue") that SAIC was involved in instigating the Iraq war.

    The real issue should not be how many former government employees choose to go to work for SAIC, but whether they comply with the law's restrictions on their activities after leaving the government. SAIC goes to substantial effort and expense to make sure that its managers and employees obey the letter and spirit of the law in this highly regulated area.

    - Arnold Punaro
    Exec VP, Government Affairs, Communications and Support Operations
    General Manager, Washington Operations

    Related Information
    • Vanity Fair Article (www.vanityfair.com)
    • NPR Interview with Vanity Fair Authors (www.npr.com)
    • Letter from SAIC to National Public Radio Producer Steve Proffitt
      This letter is scheduled to be sent to National Public Radio Producer Steve Proffitt of the “Day to Day” news program. It concerns an appearance on the show by Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele, authors of a Vanity Fair Magazine article that grossly misrepresents SAIC through innuendo and blatant falsehood. The reception the authors received from the show’s hosts not only endorsed the content of the article, it expanded on their original misrepresentations, as the letter points out. No attempt was made by any representative of NPR to contact SAIC before the show aired.
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