T. Michael Guiffré, a partner in the Washington office, was quoted in a front page story published by the Washington Post on July 27, 2009, about how the Department of Homeland Security relied “on a rushed, flawed study to justify its decision to locate a $700 million research facility for highly infectious pathogens in a tornado-prone section of Kansas."
The department's analysis was not "scientifically defensible" in concluding that it could safely handle dangerous animal diseases in Kansas — or any other location on the U.S. mainland, according to a Government Accountability Office draft report obtained by the Washington Post.
Mr. Guiffre represents a Texas consortium that hoped to build the DHS facility in San Antonio rather than Kansas. He told the Post that the agency wasted millions of dollars trying to justify its choice. The GAO's findings show that the selection method was “preposterous,” he said.
“They call it 'Tornado Alley' for a reason,” Mr. Guiffre said. "This really boils down to politics at its very worst and public officials who are more concerned about erecting some gleaming new research building than thinking about what's best for the general public.”