CBP terminates controversial $297 million Accenture contract amid continued staffing struggles

Washington (CNN)Customs and Border Protection on Thursday ended its controversial $297 million hiring contract with Accenture, according to two senior DHS officials and an Accenture representative. This week, the entire contract was terminated for “convenience,” government speak for agreeing to part ways without placing blame on Accenture. While government hiring is “slow and onerous, it’s also part of being in the government” and that’s “something we have to accept and deal with as we go forward,” said one of the officials. For its efforts, CBP paid Accenture around $19 million in start-up costs, and around $2 million for 58 people who got job offers, according to the officials. Over the last couple of months, CBP explored how to modify the …