USA Outsourced passports?

I find this 'outsource' disgusting! What were they thinking?

Now it makes sense why it takes so long to get a new Passport, they have to be shipped from Thailand through China to Washington DC..... Hope Beijing got a good copy...

Outsourced passports netting govt. profits, risking national security

March 26, 2008

By Bill Gertz - This is the first in a three-part series on the outsourcing of passports.

The United States has outsourced the manufacturing of its electronic passports to overseas companies — including one in Thailand that was victimized by Chinese espionage — raising concerns that cost savings are being put ahead of national security, an investigation by The Washington Times has found.

The Government Printing Office's decision to export the work has proved lucrative, allowing the agency to book more than $100 million in recent profits by charging the State Department more money for blank passports than it actually costs to make them, according to interviews with federal officials and documents obtained by The Times

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