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Lawmakers fight Accenture 'corporate expat' deal

A House committee passes a measure aimed at blocking a major homeland security contract awarded to Bermuda-based Accenture.

A House committee passed a measure Wednesday aimed at blocking a major homeland security contract awarded to Accenture. By a vote of 35-16, the House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment designed to penalize "corporate expatriates" and stop the Accenture deal, according to the office of Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn. Last week, the Department of Homeland Security said it awarded a contract worth up to $10 billion to a team led by Accenture for help in upgrading the nation's system for tracking visitors. Accenture's U.S.-based business was chosen to be the prime contractor in the homeland security deal. Accenture, the parent company, is based in Bermuda.

"The United States government should not be doing business with those who want all the benefits of citizenship without any of the responsibilities that come along with it," DeLauro said in a statement. Accenture did not immediately respond to a request for comment.