Officials Provide Resume of Yusuf Acar, Who Is Charged With Bribery in D.C. Technology Office Scandal

By Nikita Stewart
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 13, 2009; 10:56 PM

Yusuf Acar -- the District's information technology security specialist charged this week with bribery in an elaborate kickback scheme -- speaks Russian and Turkish, has a private pilot's license and has been in charge of identifying and mitigating "security vulnerabilities and security controls shortfalls" for all city agencies since December 2002, according to his résumé.

The city put a lot of trust in Acar, who worked under contract as a security operations manager before being hired as a District employee in 2004.

Acar's boss was Vivek Kundra, who was the city's chief technology officer before he recently took a job as President Obama's chief information officer. An official with the administration, which has made strengthening government ethics a priority, said Kundra is "on leave until further details become known" about the probe. Authorities have said Kundra is not suspected of any wrongdoing.

Acar was in charge of working with vendors to provide IT services for the city. He was able to dole out noncompetitive purchase orders of up to $500,000 to vendors with little or no supervision, a policy that Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) was looking to change before Acar's arrest Thursday.

Acar, 40, whose salary was $127,468, would allegedly arrange a purchase with a vendor who would then order some items but bill the city for many more. Acar would also approve fake time sheets for nonexistent employees, or "ghost workers," according to an affidavit by FBI agent Andrew Sekela. Acar and others would then split the money. Some of the transactions involved a company Acar co-owned, according to the affidavit. Vendor Sushil Bansal, who owns Advanced Integrated Technologies, also has been charged.

A co-worker of Acar's went to the FBI and became an informant, helping lead to the arrests.

Acar and his wife, Galen, have three children and live in Northwest Washington, where they own a $1.4 million home. They each gave the $2,000 maximum to Fenty's 2006 mayoral campaign, and Galen Acar was active in the PTA.

Authorities said Galen Acar received more than $70,000 in checks from Bansal's company but has not been charged.

City officials provided little information about Yusuf Acar, except for his résumé, which showed that he worked in IT for four companies in Maryland, Virginia and Guam from 1992 to 2002 before working for the city.

Acar received a business administration degree from Ankara University in Turkey in 1989 and was working on a master's degree in management information systems at Bowie State University. He expected to complete his master's by May 2008, according to the résumé.

In the left margin of the résumé, Acar listed compliments he had received from employers.

One of them read: "Yusuf, Thank you. Once again, you have performed a great service for the District!"

The author was Calvin Miller, the director of the citywide IT security program at the time.

Staff writers David Nakamura and Del Quentin Wilber contributed to this report.

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