According to this morning’s Globe, even her fellow criminologists aren’t happy with Kerry Healey’s campaign. Contained within the article is a discussion of her work for the Justice Department while working for Abt Associates. As someone whose worked on a number of Federal contracts during his career, let me suggest some questions that could help clarify Healey’s role:
1) Did Abt have to submit a proposal to win the contract under which the work was performed?
2) Did Healey contribute to the writing of that proposal?
3) Was her resume submitted to the Justice Dept. as part of that proposal?
4) Was she listed as a key contributor in the proposal? Naming someone as a key contributor serves as a promise that the person will actually work the contract if its awarded.
5) While she worked on the contract, did she work independently or was she taking direction from someone more senior?
6) What was her original contribution to the research?
Why does any of this matter? Because there’s a big difference between personally helping persuade DOJ to award the contract and just filling a slot once the project’s been defined and the money needs to be spent. Saying “I worked for the Department of Justice” implies that they actually cared that it was you doing the work. From what I’ve been able to read so far, that would be a stretch.