This alleged corruption is a body blow to DC's progress in cleaning up its act and to Mayor Fenty's aspirations to make bold progress on the challenges facing the nation's capital. The city cannot afford to waste money and precious time with so many urgent public priorities.
The entire nation will watch to see how the DC and Federal governments respond. Both Mayor Fenty and President Obama have the opportunity to raise the standard for government contracting. By acting decisively to eliminate the revolving door in government contracting and tightening ethics standards, they can restore faith in government and keep important projects on track.