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Posted at 8:46 AM ET, 07/ 7/2010

Fenty friend fails exams, gets license

By Washington Post editors

The co-founder of a company with ties to D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) was issued an engineering license by District officials even though he failed to pass the professional exam seven times, the Washington Examiner reports.

Abdullahi Barrow, who co-founded Liberty Engineering and Design along with Fenty friend Sinclair Skinner, failed his engineer's exam seven times since 2002, the Examiner reports. In 2008, the District's Board of Professional Engineers unanimously granted him a professional license because of his eminence in the field.

His lawyer, A. Scott Bolden, dismissed as "nonsense" suggestions that Barrow wasn't qualified.

Barrow and Skinner are part of the ongoing investigation into parks contracts awarded to companies owned by Fenty friends and fraternity brothers.

By Washington Post editors  | July 7, 2010; 8:46 AM ET
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Comments

People should stop picking on Fenty's down low buddies.

Posted by: checkered1 | July 7, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Why bother having a license process if you can just bypass it by buying your way in!!

Posted by: workingmother | July 7, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Elected Official is your position. Not King, not Emperor, not Pharaoh. You are accountable to the people you serve whether you believe so or not.

These 'Fiefdom' plays may be SOP, but at some point they will backfire and cost you an election.

Posted by: kahlua87 | July 7, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

His lawyer, A. Scott Bolden, dismissed as "nonsense" suggestions that Barrow wasn't qualified.

Ask Mr. Bolded if he would make the same comment if Mr. Barrow was an attorney or if he would get on an airplane with a pilot who received his license in the same fashion. What a joke!!

Posted by: Jet_Mech | July 7, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Adrian told them to give him the license! He told Neil Albert to remove Slover from the Housing Board when he questioned the contracts...

Posted by: BILLJA | July 7, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Wow, more of the same with this guy. No matter how hard you try to shove Fenty down our throats by scaring us that Rhee will abandon the kids if we dont rhee-elect him, he goes and makes all your work useless. WAPO dont you feel like every time you move forward one step, he takes you back ten. Lol

Articles about Rhees threats on the front page, articles about giving his buddy who is under investigation half a mil and giving his other buddy a license after failing the test burried in the back. And we all know the most damaging stories wont see the light of day if WAPO has anything to do with it.

Posted by: tformation1 | July 7, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Oh what a web we weave! It's time for King Fenty and his Kappa buddies to disappear from the kingdom of the District of Columbia.

Posted by: Ward4DC | July 7, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

This is ridiculous. If we re-elect Fenty in September then we all deserve what we get.

Posted by: UrbanDweller | July 7, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Really, how can I get in as a friend on some of these benefits?

Posted by: ksimms1 | July 7, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Better yet, ask Bolden if he would let this guy certify his house as being structurally sound after an event.

It certainly makes me rethink the whole licensing process in the District.

Posted by: LukasWP | July 7, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Playing by the rules are not for everyone. You study to pass that damn engineers exam,hoping that you can get in line at DCRA to get that license the american way-earning it so that you can go to the CFO's cashiers office to give them some of your hard earned cash. Now you learn that you can get the license after failing the test seven times.

Change cannot come fast enough to replace this criminal in the mayor's office.

Posted by: bill121 | July 7, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Is this bama going to be the lead engineer for D.C. United's new stadium at Poplar Point????

Oh, wait ....

Posted by: bs2004 | July 7, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

With a name like Abdullahi it's no wonder he couldn't pass a licensing exam.

Posted by: jabreal00 | July 7, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Typical of DC government. It has been run like a 3rd world country for years. Self rule was a mistake, statehood would be a bigger mistake.

Posted by: icmop911 | July 7, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Thirty years from now Fenty will be crying about being "set up" while in cuffs, just like another perennial DC politician.

Posted by: dcdoug | July 7, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Are you kidding me ????????????

Someone who just purchased his company when Fenty was elected and failed the test no less than 7 times. But,

In 2008, the District's Board of Professional Engineers unanimously granted him a professional license because of his eminence in the field


And you know the sad part--this very paper of record will endorse Mayor Fenty in his reelection (ankle bracelet and all).

And why do we think there is a problem with print journalism.

Posted by: Fatmanny | July 7, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

The latest in a long line of shady dealings within the upper echelons of the Fenty Administration.

I suppose it should come as no surprise that Emperor Adrian - a man who was barely competent, and questionably ethical, as an attorney (and that is being generous) - should have so little regard for the rule of law. But it is still a disgrace, and an insult to the people of the Distict of Columbia.

Responsible fiscal stewardship?
ADRIAN FENTY: COULDN'T MAKE IT WORK.

Ethics in government?
ADRIAN FENTY: COULDN'T MAKE IT WORK.

Fairness in contracting?
ADRIAN FENTY: COULDN'T MAKE IT WORK.

Chief Legal Counsel actually representing the District of Columbia?
ADRIAN FENTY: COULDN'T MAKE IT WORK.

Respect for the citizens of the District?
ADRIAN FENTY: COULDN'T MAKE IT WORK.

(I could go on....)

Fenty - along with his cabal of crooks and charlatans - MUST GO.

Posted by: nan_lynn | July 7, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

jabreal00 wrote: With a name like Abdullahi it's no wonder he couldn't pass a licensing exam.
********
You are simply a bigoted idiot.

Posted by: overed | July 7, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Me frail at engineering test, that's unpossible.

Posted by: paddyfunk | July 7, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

wow .. this guy Fenty is starting to make Marion Barry look good....

whatever > DC is a train wreck

Posted by: kglkgl06 | July 7, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the link to the Examiner. I remember when the Post used to cover local news. Maybe you could hire another liberal blogger instead. That's what there's really pent-up demand for.

Posted by: qaz1231 | July 7, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

What's the point of having power and influence if you can't help donors, family, friends, family friends, and friends' friends. :D

Posted by: learnedhand1 | July 7, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

That the the District's Board of Professional Engineers UNANIMOUSLY granted him a professional engineers license is the greatest cause for concern. That means NOT ONE of them found that failing the engineering exam seven times was worthy of pause. If an law student fails the bar examination 7 times, no matter how much volunteer work they have done on cases, they are not granted a license to practice law.

There is a blatant conflict of interest with a license granting professional board all being appointed by the Mayor. Particularly, THIS Mayor.

Fenty has duped the citizens yet again, only this time, placing their safety and health at risk on each and every project this "professional" engineer is involved in.

Faster work is not necessarily quality work. This is for certain. When rec centers structurally start falling apart, remember this fast track to licensure that Fenty has granted the engineer.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | July 7, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

That the the District's Board of Professional Engineers UNANIMOUSLY granted him a professional engineers license is the greatest cause for concern. That means NOT ONE of them found that failing the engineering exam seven times was worthy of pause. If an law student fails the bar examination 7 times, no matter how much volunteer work they have done on cases, they are not granted a license to practice law.

There is a blatant conflict of interest with a license granting professional board all being appointed by the Mayor. Particularly, THIS Mayor.

Fenty has duped the citizens yet again, only this time, placing their safety and health at risk on each and every project this "professional" engineer is involved in.

Faster work is not necessarily quality work. This is for certain. When rec centers structurally start falling apart, remember this fast track to licensure that Fenty has granted the engineer.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | July 7, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

What a minute, I'm a Kappa and I didn't get hooked up. Did I miss a meeting or something....

Posted by: highlife | July 7, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

And there we have it...Does anything more need to be said about the Fenty administration?

Posted by: PracticalIndependent | July 7, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

People should stop picking on Fenty's down low buddies.

Posted by: checkered

Your right, lets pick on you and your down low buddies. Tell us about your life on the DL.

Posted by: ged0386 | July 7, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

WAPO...please report the projects that this guy is working on so that the public can know which structures or systems are not fit for occupancy or use by the general public. The NCEES exam is the only way to assure compentency and safety. Giving this man a license is akin to letting a man who just graduateed medical school perform cardiac surgery without supervision. This is INSANE; This is a major lawsuit waiting to happen.

Posted by: civilrightist | July 7, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone notice that there is a construction project going on in the downtown to eastern part of the city every half mile or less? And the projects seem to go on and on and on with no end in site? Seems that our Mayor has made sure that his buddies are paid for the duration of his tenure as Mayor. How long have they been working on the 12th st tunnel? How long have they been working on Benning Rd and H? Why do we need street cars? Why are we digging up all of the streets north east washington? Why did branch avenue need a grassy medium built to take the place of a turn lane? Why hasn't the mayor fix the one major thing that would improve trafic in the district, those trafic lights that are as old and antiquated as any of the things he is so eager to replace? Our trafic lights should be like Maryland's. But they are the same lights we have had for decades that run on a timer regardless of the traffic,un-synchronized. Its like he is just trying to spend taxpayers money mostly to give contracts to his constituency. The closer you look at this guy as mayor the more I say he is soo crooked he would make Mayor Barry blush. And I love the fact that he is making DC and attractive place for outsiders to come to but in doing that he has forgotten and neglected the people who actually voted him in office. I guess he just needed them to get in and is counting on the new people to keep him there.

Posted by: ged0386 | July 7, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

"It's Good to be King!"

Posted by: familynet | July 7, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

No wonder it cost 4.5 million dollars to put an underused bike rack at Union Station. If you don't know what you are doing you are likely to cause waste.

Mental note--don't enroll my kids or let them go to any recreation center Mayor Fenty oversaw. If Mayor Williams's name is not sitting outside on the plaque they are not going in. Under Fenty they want them to pay a fee anyway.

Posted by: 411Tibby | July 7, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

I just googled "Abdullahi Barrow" and I didn't see a thing on there to suggest his "eminence" in engineering. But, it sounds like a good thing for him that he has an attorney on retainer. I just hope and pray that Fenty soon has a need for a criminal attorney.

Posted by: familynet | July 7, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Why do some of you bother to read the Post? Go to the rags Wash. times and Examiner.

Posted by: jckdoors | July 7, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

@ged0386, Excellent points, I too, agree.

Posted by: fivetogo | July 7, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

The examiner is where I read it and
I'm not surprised. That is why Rhee is used to distract from all the other crap going on in this administration. When will Trout have his report ready? This is a great time to hear from him.

Posted by: candycane1 | July 7, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

If the District's Board of Professional Engineers can unanimously grant someone a professional license even though they failed the engineer's exam seven times then what good is the engineer exam and the engineer license?

Maybe the Board of Professional Engineers should change their name to Board of Friends of Fenty.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | July 7, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

AND YET IF STUDENTS FAIL STANDARDIZED TESTS, TEACHERS GET FIRED! THIS MAKES A LOT OF SENSE....NOT!!!

Posted by: UrbanDweller | July 7, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

@candycane1: You asked. "When will Trout have his report ready?:

This report would have been completed by now where it not for the stonewalling of what I find to be "the usual suspects" of this administration. Namely, skinner, jannerone, barrow, nickles and fenty. He promised to deliver a thorough report and he is taking the time required to see to it that this is what is done. A hard task when you we have a AG that does what he can to circumvent the law on behalf of the Mayor and his buddies.

If you recall Skinner and Abdullahi Barrow suffer from amnesia in the face of questions about their business, their relationship to the Mayor and their "professional" qualifications, which, after this story, I quite well understand.

It is one thing to have a stellar reputation with solid credentials in a field that DEMONSTRATE eminence, even if you have never taken the professional exam. However, it is quite another to have taken the professional exam 7 times, failed, then deemed competent, let alone eminent in the field. That is a slap in the face to truly eminent engineers. The credibility of the Fenty appointed Board of Professional Engineers is heretofore deemed GARBAGE.

There hasn't been a week without scandal for this Administration for months. The dirt is now finding it's way to light.

Ohhh, did the Post mention that the Chief of Staff of that Director that was fired at the Mayor's Office of Risk Management was canned today. No? Well there is always tomorrow. Don't hold your breath.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | July 7, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like Obama at Harvard..

Posted by: wewintheylose | July 7, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

License? LICENSE??? We don't need no stinkin license. We're Kappas!

Posted by: ssmd11 | July 7, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

License? LICENSE??? We don't need no stinkin license. We're Kappas!

Posted by: ssmd11 | July 7, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

If Fenty cared about credentials, he would not have hired Michelle Rhee. If Obama cared about credentials, he would not have hired Arne Duncan.

Posted by: lacy4 | July 8, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Scum.

Posted by: mcstowy | July 12, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

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